Askin vs Okolie set for September 22

Askin vs Okolie

British Cruiserweight Champion, Matty Askin, will defend his title against Lawrence Okolie at Wembley Stadium on the undercard of Joshua vs Povetkin on September 22.

Askin claimed the British title in May 2017, stopping Craig Kennedy in the sixth round at the Motorpoint Arena, before going on to stop Stephen Simmons inside two rounds at York Hall in March.

Askin is confident that it will be another early night when he steps into the ring against former Team GB Olympian, Okolie.

“Every credit to Okolie, he’s vacated the Commonwealth title because he wants this fight, but he’s going to end up flat on his back,” said Askin. “I can punch, I can box, and I can have a fight. I’ll do whatever I need to do against him to get the win. I don’t think it will go past four or five rounds; it definitely won’t go the distance.

“We’re both going to come out all guns blazing; it’s as simple as that. He’s going to come out thinking’s he’s going to bang me out straight away. I’m looking to go out there and tear his head off. I’ll be going in there and giving 110%; my 110% beats his 110% every day of the week. I believe that I’m a level above him.”

Okolie, undefeated in nine, secured the WBA Continental Cruiserweight title in February when he defeated local rival, Isaac Chamberlain, before going to claim the Commonwealth title with a third round stoppage over the previously undefeated Luke Watkins.

When he squares off against Askin, Okolie will be in his third consecutive title fight and is confident he will have his hand raised in victory as he looks toward world-title contention.

“This announcement is a fantastic day for me,” said Okolie. “My ultimate goal is to be the unified World Champion, but before that, I want to go down the traditional route, clean up domestically and prove to myself and the fans that I belong at that level.

“Matty Askin is a very experienced fighter who is ranked in the top 10 in the World. I want to start making my way towards the World scene, and so I need to be able to beat people like Askin to do that.

“I’ve won the Commonwealth title in my first two years, and I want to keep that trajectory going by winning the British title and hopefully winning a World title before the next Olympics.”

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