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LAWRENCE OKOLIE

Cruiser Weight

W19

HOMETOWN

  • London, United Kingdom

KO 14

STANCE

Orthodox

L 1

AGE

30

D 0

HEIGHT

6′ 5″
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About


Lawrence Okolie, born on December 16, 1992, is a British professional boxer renowned for his achievements in the cruiserweight division. He held the World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight title from 2021 until May 2023. During his career, he also secured various regional titles, including the Commonwealth title twice from 2018 to 2019, the British title from 2018 to 2019, and the European title in 2019.

As of July 2022, Okolie’s boxing prowess was acknowledged with impressive rankings. He held the second spot in the active cruiserweight rankings according to The Ring magazine and was ranked third by both the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and BoxRec.

Beyond his boxing accomplishments, Okolie is a supporter of BoxWise, a non-profit social enterprise in the UK that utilizes boxing as a means of positive impact.

Early Life: Lawrence Okolie was born in Hackney, London, to Nigerian parents of Igbo descent. He grew up in Stoke Newington and attended Stoke Newington School. It was during the 2012 Summer Olympics when he watched Anthony Joshua compete in the super heavyweight final that Okolie’s interest in boxing was piqued. Inspired by the event, he decided to pursue boxing seriously and set a goal to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Amateur Career: Okolie represented Team GB as a heavyweight at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He managed to win against Igor Pawel Jakubowski from Poland, progressing to the Round of 16. However, his journey ended there with a loss to eventual bronze medalist Erislandy Savón of Cuba.

Professional Career – Early Stages: On January 18, 2017, Okolie made the transition from amateur to professional boxing. He signed with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport to compete in the cruiserweight division. His debut professional fight took place at the Manchester Arena on March 25, 2017, where he defeated Geoffrey Cave in just 20 seconds with two right hooks. Okolie continued to showcase his skill, achieving further victories in subsequent matches.

Professional Career – Continued Success: Okolie’s professional journey was marked by a series of wins, often secured in the early rounds of his bouts. He fought on undercards of major events and displayed his potential as a rising star in the cruiserweight division.

By September 1, 2017, Okolie participated in the NXTGEN card alongside other promising boxers. He won a six-round fight against Blaise Mendouo, his first bout that went the distance. His skill and determination were evident as he overcame challenges to secure victories.

Throughout his career, Okolie consistently demonstrated his prowess in the ring, earning victories and extending his unbeaten record. He held the WBO cruiserweight title from 2021 until 2023 before eventually relinquishing it.

Lawrence Okolie’s journey from his early aspirations while watching the Olympics to becoming a recognized professional cruiserweight boxer reflects his dedication, talent, and commitment to the sport.

 

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