Lawrence Okolie appeared a category above as the principle supporting to behave to Anthony Joshua on Saturday.
Okolie was meant to be preventing Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title, however after his opponent examined constructive for COVID-19, he as a substitute took on unbeaten Pole Nikodem Jezewski – at 19-0-1 – seeking to stay in rivalry.
It took the Brit no time in any respect to determine himself towards Jezewski has the rangy cruseriweight landed searing jabs from the get-go, forcing his foe in retreat.
After landed a physique shot you would hear from house, Jezewski hit the mat in simply 70 seconds.
He answered the rely, however Okolie continued to diligently go about his enterprise and stored throwing those self same jabs and straights that no one has discovered a components to only but.
Jezewski was down as soon as once more earlier than the spherical was out, however one way or the other he answered the rely once more and the ref allowed him to return to his nook.
Nearly instantly because the second spherical started, Okolie had Jezewski dancing as soon as once more and that Irish jig was a prelude to what would occur only a minute later as a straight shot by way of the guard put the Pole down once more.
He managed to rise up once more – and honest play to him for doing so – however this time the referee mentioned he had suffered sufficient and referred to as it off.
Okolie is now 16-Zero with 12 KOs and carries excessive expectations with him. After the bout, the 27 yr previous made it clear he’s firmly targeted on getting his world title shot.
“I knew I needed to placed on a superb efficiency to get myself in line for the title subsequent yr and Eddie Hearn pulled me apart yesterday mentioned ‘I need a knockdout’ and I mentioned ‘Don’t fear, I acquired you.’
“That’s one other undefeated on my file. Now I get to flex for 2 weeks after which again into camp for that world title,” Okolie asserted within the post-match interview.
Does he imagine he would have gained the world title tonight had he acquired that struggle? Sure he does, and that’s partly all the way down to the fighter he’s turning into below Shane McGuigan.
“100 p.c. If I hit any cruiserweight clear, they’re going to go. And I imagine that Krzysztof Glowacki was there for me to take out.
“Sadly, his countryman needed to take it right now and it offers me extra time to arrange. That’s a little bit of ring rust gone and now I’m onto the subsequent.
“All of the trainers that I’ve had have performed their half on this course of, however Shane in the intervening time has acquired my punching very laborious and he’s acquired good mentality as a match man.
“Loads of my fights may have been like this, however there was mindset stuff that I hadn’t handled that I’ve now. So I believe that is how I’m going to be preventing from right here on out.”