Okolie vs. Lebedev Targeted for July
With the WBA cruiserweight championship vacant upon Oleksandr Usyk moving up to heavyweight, promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to set up a fight for the vacant title featuring British and Commonwealth champion Lawrence Okolie, who he promotes, and Denis Lebedev.
Before he moved up in weight, the WBA ordered for Usyk to defend the title against Lebedev, who was WBA champion for six years until he was moved to champion in recess last year after being inactive for too long due to injuries.
Lebedev may get moved back to full champion by the organization, and Hearn says he’s already begun talks with World of Boxing, which promotes Lebedev.
“I’ve got the green light from Lawrence who said he would be ready to fight Lebedev next,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “I’ve spoken to World of Boxing, we’ve made them an offer. Obviously, he’s got to accept that offer but from our side we are ready to go for that fight. July is the date I’ve got in mind for that fight and if Lebedev accepts that fight it could be next.”
The undefeated Okolie retained his British title and won back the Commonwealth title with a fourth-round stoppage of Wadi Camacho last weekend. Meanwhile, in his return to the ring, Lebedev fought twice in the fall, knocking out Hizni Altunkaya before scoring a decision win over Mike Wilson in November.
Original Story: Sky Sports