Lawrence Okolie, has claimed the biggest win of his career with a unanimous points victory over opponent Isaac Chamberlain at London’s O2 Arena
Okolie is the protegee of World Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua
Okolie countered a left hand with a well-timed right to the side of the head, forcing Chamberlain to touch down with his right glove
Anthony Joshua protegee, Lawrence Okolie, has claimed the biggest win of his career with a unanimous points victory over opponent Isaac Chamberlain at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night, February 3.
Both boxers before the bout held an unbeaten record and was involved in a heated vocal spat.
The 25 -year -old Okolie, dominated physically and Chamberlain, 23, the knockout punch in rounds one and six.
The judges scored an untidy bout 98-89, 96-90, 97-89 for Okolie, who took his record to eight wins from eight fights.
Chamberlain last week paid for an advert in Okolie’s local paper, the Hackney Gazette, marketing his rival for work, while Chamberlain’s trainer threatened to quit the sport if his man was beaten.
Chamberlain had a point deducted for holding in the second round, and referee Steve Gray later warned both fighters for the grappling which marred the bout as a spectacle.
But Okolie followed a solid jab with a right hand which floored Chamberlain in the opening exchanges, although contact was minimal.
IBF and WBA world heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua, who manages Okolie, was ringside and said the bout “lacked finesse”.
In the sixth round Okolie countered a left hand with a well-timed right to the side of the head, forcing Chamberlain to touch down with his right glove.
Speaking after the bout Okolie said: “Isaac is a good fighter and tested me in a different way,”
“It’s good as a benchmark. I have nothing but respect for him for his mental fortitude.
“I said in the build-up that he would find it hard to work up close with someone as strong as me.”