Boxing: Lawrence Okolie to fight Commonwealth champion Luke Watkins

Lawrence Okolie celebrates defeating Isaac Chamberlain (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

Lawrence Okolie celebrates defeating Isaac Chamberlain (pic: Adam Davy/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Hackney cruiserweight set to return to ring in June

Hackney cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie will fight for the Commonwealth title in his next bout after agreeing a deal to take on current holder Luke Watkins.

At the time of writing, no details about the date or venue have been revealed, but both boxers, as well as Okolie’s promoter Eddie Hearn, confirmed the bout on social media.

In Watkins, Okolie will face a talented rival who is unbeaten in 13 bouts since turning professional in 2014.

Okolie himself will also taking an unbeaten record into the bout, meaning that someone’s zero will have to go.

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In his last bout, the 2016 Olympian topped the bill and beat Isaac Chamberlain, who was previously unbeaten, by unanimous decision to win the WBA continental title at The O2 in February

Okolie will hope to add another belt to his list in his next bout as he looks to stop ‘The Duke’ Watkins and become the Commonwealth title holder.

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