News | Apr 16 2018

He’ll ask nicely, but Luke Watkins wants a war with Lawrence Okolie

Commonwealth cruiserweight champion Luke Watkins tells Elliot Worsell why a fight with Lawrence Okolie has to happen next
Luke Watkins
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THERE’S something unusually gentlemanly about the way Luke Watkins and Lawrence Okolie are banging the drum ahead of a potential cruiserweight clash this summer. It’s a courting process void of the ‘beef’ that fuelled Okolie’s fight with Isaac Chamberlain in February, and it’s painting both men in a good, positive, noble light.

Best of all, what started on social media last week – in the form of some pleasant back-and-forth tweeting and a mock-up poster – could end up being the most sensible way of getting the fight made. Watkins, by all accounts, wants the fight; Okolie, by all accounts, wants the fight. Even Eddie Hearn, the promoter ultimately responsible for turning foreplay into fights, seems receptive to the idea.

In many ways, it seems too good to be true.


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