Joshua urges fans to tune into ‘un­miss­able’ Okolie ver­sus Cham­ber­lain

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - SPORTS -

AN­THONY Joshua has urged box­ing fans not to miss the all-bri­tish show­down be­tween Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Cham­ber­lain this Satur­day, re­ports

The ris­ing cruis­er­weights put their un­de­feated sta­tuses on the line to set­tle a lon­grun­ning feud be­tween the Lon­don pair.

Hack­ney’s Okolie and Brix­ton’s Cham­ber­lain have en­joyed a tense build-up with the lat­ter goad­ing his op­po­nent with a well-placed ad­vert in the Hackey Gazette.

The ‘work wanted’ ripped into Okolie, mock­ing the 25- year-old’s ed­u­ca­tion and past achieve­ments. The ad was just the lat­est at­tempt by both men to get un­der each other’s skin, with Okolie mak­ing a bet with Cham­ber­lain’s coach that should his fighter fail to stop him he would re­tire from box­ing.

Joshua has helped guide Okolie through the pro ranks and ex­pects his good friend to just about edge a close en­counter. ‘When you are the power puncher and ex­pected to KO ev­ery­one in round one or two, and then you find some­one who is mak­ing you miss, it makes you ques­tion your­self,’ Joshua told Skys­ports.

‘In terms of pre­dic­tions of who is go­ing to win, I’m go­ing to say Lawrence, be­cause that’s my guy. ‘But in terms of how the fight will go, I think it will be epic and phe­nom­e­nal, be­cause they are go­ing to push each other past round six, round eight, and go into the cham­pi­onship rounds.’ Joshua has been dip­ping his toes into the pro­mo­tion world by help­ing to hype Okolie ver­sus Cham­ber­lain and will be ring­side for the bout on Satur­day.

Okolie (7-0) and Cham­ber­lain (9-0) both boast a stel­lar knock­out rate, and it will be the first time ei­ther man has head­lined their own fight night. Ted Cheese­man leads the un­der­card with a fight agianst Car­son Jones, while Reece Bel­lotti is set to de­fend his Com­mon­wealth feath­er­weight strap against Ben Jones. Heavy­weight Nick Webb, mid­dleweight Felix Cash, su­per-fly­weight Charlie Ed­wards are all on the ticket, as well as Okolie’s fel­low Team GB fighter, Joshua Bu­atsi.

An­thony Joshua is sup­port­ing Lawrence Okolie (left) to beat Isaac Cham­ber­lain in their cruis­er­weight box­ing chal­lenge…on Satur­day.

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