Lawrence is lined up for York Hall test as local rivals prepare for new season
PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 August 2017
Lawrence Okolie will return to the ring at Bethnal Green’s York Hall when the new season gets underway on September 1.
Former University of East London student Okolie is set for another cruiserweight outing with fellow Team GB Olympians Joshua Buatsi and Joe Cordinna in the third edition of the JDNXTGEN series.
The 24-year-old Okolie landed his fourth first-round KO win at London’s O2 Arena on July 1 and will be hoping to make it five when he steps through the ropes once again.
East London trainer Tony Sims has four other fighers in action on the card, with Conor Benn looking to continue his comeback from injury in his eighth pro outing.
Ted Cheeseman aims to build on his English super-welterweight title triumph over Matthew Ryan, while Felix Cash and Danny Dignum look to extend their unbeaten runs, with tickets on sale at £40, £60 and £100 (VIP).
Other local boxers are also booked for early season action, with Canning Town’s Peacock gym-based Anthony Yarde appearing on Frank Warren’s Copper Box Arena bill on September 16.
The new WBO European light-heavyweight champion is set to face an opponent for the vacant WBO Intercontinental title, with Lucien Reid also booked for a featherweight contest.
Billy Joe Saunders tops the bill in a world middleweight showdown with American Willie Monroe, before Matthew Chanda challenges Charlie Edwards for his British super-flyweight title on a Matchroom show.
Ohara Davies takes on Tom Farrell at super-lightweight in Liverpool on September 30, looking to bounce back from his loss to Josh Taylor.
Daniel Dubois is also scheduled to return to action, looking to extend a four-fight winning streak, having won all of his fights inside the distance.
The 19-year-old holds the WBC World Youth title and will be hoping to add more silverware against Brixton’s AJ Carter in a 10-round contest for the vacant Southern Area title.
He said: “I would have loved to have represented Great Britain in Tokyo but the next Olympics are in three years time.”
Promoter Warren added: “I’m buzzing with excitement about this 19-year-old. He is one of the most talented heavyweights I’ve ever seen at this age.”
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