WBSS final: Lawrence Okolie ready to step up to European level

Lawrence Okolie has revealed he jumped at the chance to challenge Yves Ngabu for the cruiserweight title.
Okolie will take about the Regis Prograis-Josh Taylor undercard in The O2 on October 26 on Ngabu, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The Hackney fighter, that picked up both the British and Commonwealth titles as joining the pro ranks in 2017 and has won 13 of his battles, didn’t hesitate when offered the chance.
“I just feel that if you are young and competent [to fight] then you should do,” said Okolie through Monday’s press conference.
“This will be the next champion I have boxed. I’ve beaten the Commonwealth winner, I have beaten the winner and I’m excited about beating on the winner.
“He’s got a wonderful team. I’ve heard a great deal of interviews I enjoy the way he talks, very confidently.
“I am just looking forward to putting myself in training camp and going to do the job.
“It’s going to become very, very good, really exciting. He has got a sort of style that is contrary to mine.
“He’s a come-forward fighter but that he knows how to ship. He’s got great power punching and several other things like this, so there’s definitely going to be a good deal of stuff I’m going to have to manage on the night, however that I will deal with all of these comfortably.”
Ngabu (20-0, KOs 14) will soon be battling for the very first time outside his native Belgium but the 30-year-old is confident of successfully defending his title for the third time.
“He [Okolie] is a fantastic fighter. He’s tall, he’s strong and what until he did great, but I believe I will beat him and that I think I’m more powerful than him and we will see on October 26,” explained Ngabu.
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