Lawrence Okolie’s ‘scary’ energy and sharper abilities can overcome any of the world’s high cruiserweights after he claimed the WBO title, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
The unbeaten 28-year-old inflicted a crushing knockout on Krzysztof Glowacki to assert the vacant WBO belt at The SSE Enviornment in Wembley.
In simply his sixteenth struggle, Okolie effortlessly stepped as much as world class, and Hearn now intends to ship fights in opposition to rival champions.
“My goodness was he ok. Not simply ok, an absolute masterclass,” Hearn advised Sky Sports activities. “The jab, the footwork, the proper hand. The work on the within, the spinning off.
“That was a ok efficiency to beat any cruiserweight within the division, and that is what we wish to do now.
He is obtained scary energy, however he was all energy. Now he is obtained the jab, he is obtained the motion, he is obtained the information up right here.
“We do not wish to muck round, we wish to go straight for all of the titles and unify the division after which transfer as much as heavyweight.
“He is obtained scary energy, however he was all energy. Now he is obtained the jab, he is obtained the motion, he is obtained the information up right here. (Coach) Shane (McGuigan) has accomplished an incredible job.”
Okolie instantly declared his want to check himself in opposition to Mairis Briedis, the IBF champion who was topped because the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence winner final 12 months.
“I really feel like I want to struggle somebody like Briedis subsequent,” mentioned Okolie. “I believe out of the champions, Briedis is the one which I might most prefer to go in subsequent with.
“That might be unified in 17 fights and 42 profession fights.
“Clearly any champion that Eddie can get, however the one I might be on the lookout for is Briedis.”
Kalle Sauerland, the promoter for Briedis, welcomed this problem by tweeting: “Expensive @Lawrence_tko congrats on realizing your dream. Mairis Briedis? That is completely one other stage…. @EddieHearn let’s get it on child!”
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew was a part of the Sky Sports activities workforce and backed Okolie to defeat Briedis or present WBC ruler Ilunga Makabu.
“Briedis is a tough struggle. Briedis isn’t any mug,” mentioned Bellew. “He is very intelligent on the within, he’ll include a recreation plan. That is a special prospect altogether than what he is confronted in Glowacki tonight.
“Ilunga Makaku can also be very, very harmful. Onerous hitting southpaw. I do know all about his energy, he actually can punch, in order that’s one other harmful struggle.
“However hear, I make him the favorite in every of the fights, purely primarily based on his fashion, his energy and the way he is imposing himself. His fashion is evolving and what he is doing is getting higher with every struggle.”