2016 Team GB Olympian, Lawrence Okolie, is poised to make his professional debut against Russell Henshaw on the undercard of Crolla vs. Linares II at the Manchester Arena on March 25th.
Okolie is confident he can cope with the pressures of the professional game and is keen to make a name for himself in a talent filled cruiserweight division
“Everyone is excited to see how I do – and I am too,” said Okolie. “I believe that I can do the business, but I am stepping into the unknown, it’s really exciting. It’s a great bill to start on, and Russell is a really good test for my debut.
“I’m really happy that there’s so much interest in me and my Olympic teammates. We handled a lot of pressure in Rio and to qualify for it – you know that if you lose in the qualifiers you aren’t going to get to go to the games and then when you are there, you know that millions of people are watching you. So I’ve learned how to deal with handling the weight of expectation and still performing to the best of my abilities, and that’s going to stand me in good stead in the pros.
“I want to dominate the division. I’m not afraid to let the other Cruiserweights know that I’m here and I am coming for them. I have all the physical and mental attributes to achieve it, I just have to get the experience and the real belief – not self-belief because I have that – but real belief from getting out there and getting in with someone that has trained to beat you, they’re hitting you with 10oz gloves, that’s when I’ll learn a lot about myself and get that real belief that I can go on to do great things.”