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Boxing: Okolie ends rival’s run to take title

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 February 2018

Lawrence Okolie celebrates defeating Isaac Chamberlain on points during the WBA Continental cruiserweight championship bout at The O2 Arena, London (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Lawrence Okolie celebrates defeating Isaac Chamberlain on points during the WBA Continental cruiserweight championship bout at The O2 Arena, London (pic Adam Davy/PA)

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Lawrence Okolie inflicted a first defeat on London rival Isaac Chamberlain to win the WBA continental cruiserweight title with a unanimous points decision at the O2.

Lawrence Okolie (left) and Isaac Chamberlain during the WBA Continental cruiserweight championship bout at The O2 Arena, London (pic Adam Davy/PA).Lawrence Okolie (left) and Isaac Chamberlain during the WBA Continental cruiserweight championship bout at The O2 Arena, London (pic Adam Davy/PA).

Hackney’s Okolie, who turned professional after the Rio Olympics and is part of world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s AJ Boxing stable, sent Chamberlain to the canvas in the opening round then again in the sixth.

While not being able to deliver the knockout in what was largely a scrappy contest, Okolie’s dominance was reflected in the judges’ scorecards, all showing a wide margin of victory at 98-89, 96-90 and 97-89.

There had been little love lost between the two London rivals in the build-up to the contest, which in the end failed to produce the anticipated fireworks.

But former Repton and Dagenham amateur Okolie always looked on the front foot and had put his Brixton rival down within the opening minute before the contest became scrappy, with plenty of grappling from both men.

Lawrence Okolie (right) and Isaac Chamberlain during the WBA Continental cruiserweight championship bout at The O2 Arena, London (pic Adam Davy/PA).Lawrence Okolie (right) and Isaac Chamberlain during the WBA Continental cruiserweight championship bout at The O2 Arena, London (pic Adam Davy/PA).

However, the superior range and power of ex-University of East London student Okolie eventually paid dividends as he connected with a big right to topple Chamberlain in round six before closing out a comfortable win, taking his own unbeaten record to eight contests.

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