EVEN though their rivalry has grown increasingly bitter, it’s still a surprise that Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain are meeting at such an early stage of their respective career. But it’s no shock to Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi that the Lawrence Okolie vs Isaac Chamberlain cruiserweight showdown is headlining at the O2.
Buatsi, who’ll be on the undercard of the February 3 bill, says, “I’m not surprised it’s headlining. It’s actually interesting. As a fighter myself it’s something I actually want to see. We’re in London now and London’s interested. I think it’s going outside London. So that for me is a big enough fight for it to headline.”
The Croydon light-heavyweight knows better than most. He’s sparred both of them, and was one of Okolie’s GB team mates. “Sparring both of them, from Lawrence’s point of view, if he lands a good right hand, the pillars are coming down, the show’s going to be wrapped up, that’s it, it’s over,” Buatsi said. “I’ve been hit by it. The pillars didn’t come down but I’ve been hit by the that right hand.