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Boxing: Lawrence Okolie to kick off New Year for Hackney professionals

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 January 2018

Lawrence Okolie celebrates his win over Antonio Sousa at York Hall (pic Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Boxing)

Lawrence Okolie celebrates his win over Antonio Sousa at York Hall (pic Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Boxing)

LAWRENCE LUSTIG

The latest news from the local boxing scene

Hackney cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie will be the first of the borough’s professionals to step into the ring in 2018 when he fights at The O2 on February 3.

The Olympian faces Isaac Chamberlain on a Matchroom show next month, with both putting their unbeaten records on the line.

“At last Chamberlain has signed to fight me and all the negotiations are finished,” said the 25-year-old.

“He has done a lot of talking, now we will see if he can back it up when he faces me inside the ring.”

Okolie is trained by Brian O’Shaughnessy in Hackney, where Chamberlain is under the guidance of James Cook, who runs the Pedro club in Clapton.

With seven wins from seven, Okolie will hope to maintain his perfect record as a pro next month.

Homerton super lightweight Ohara Davies was due to fight on the February 3 card, but has since been withdrawn owing to comments made on social media.

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