KO king Okolie looks forward to London debut

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 May 2017

Lawrence Okolie poses for a photo with his team at Bramall Lane, Sheffield (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

Lawrence Okolie poses for a photo with his team at Bramall Lane, Sheffield (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

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UEL old boy blasts way to third quick win

Lawrence Okolie blasted his way to a third straight first-round victory at Sheffield on Saturday night and is already looking forward to his delayed debut in London on July 1.

Former University of East London student Okolie took just two minutes to stop Czech Rudolf Helesic and was happy to confirm his first pro outing in London after his earlier wins in Manchester and Glasgow.

The Rio Olympian’s scheduled bout on the Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko world title bill at Wembley in April was called off on the night because of world wide TV schedules.

“I was gutted when my contest was dropped at Wembley, but I am pleased that I get the chance to fight in London in July,” said Okolie.

After both he and his rival Helesic stepped into the Bramall Lane ring with with identical records of two first-round KO wins, the visitor blazed away briefly at the opening bell.

However, his stinging shots brought swift reaction from Okolie who swung back with his own solid rights that sent saw the Czech bounce on the canvas.

Helesic climbed up after a long count and Okolie unloaded another flurry of heavy shots that dropped his opponent on the floor for a second count.

Helesic hauled himself up again and looked set to continue but referee John Latham had other ideas and signalled the end after 70 seconds.

“Helesic came inspired by two first-round wins, but once I hit him and saw he was open I went for it and was glad to score another quick win,” added Okolie.

*Former West Ham amateurs Charlie Driscoll and Charlie Duffield appear in supporting bout action on Wam Promotion’s double title bill at Brentwood on Friday.

Unbeaten super-lightweight Driscoll, 23, looks for his fifth straight pro win after boxing his way to four points victories without losing a single round.

Former ABA light-heavyweight finalist Duffield makes his first appearance in a year, looking to bounce back to winning form after three early victories were followed by a defeat last June.

Bradley Skeete meets Shayne Singleton for the British welterweight title and Lee Markham faces Joe Mullender for the English middleweight belt to head a bill that also features DP Carr, Lewis Pettit, Boy Jones Junior, Harley Benn and Sanjeev Sahota.

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