Lawrence Okolie booed by fans after beating Matty Askin to become new British cruiserweight champion


IT was far from a classic but Lawrence Okolie remained undefeated to claim the British cruiserweight title despite being docked three points.

The referee appeared to have the toughest test of the night after a scrappy, underwhelming affair ended in a points victory for the Hackney hitter.

Lawrence Okolie is the new British cruiserweight champion after beating Matty Askin via unanimous decision
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Knockout artist Okolie failed to impress against Askin in their domestic showdown


Even the Wembley crowd, who braved the dismal weather, greeted the end of the fight with a chorus of boos.

Okolie, 25, headed into the fight with the world at his feet after winning his opening nine fights but the experienced ‘Assassin’ would be his biggest test yet.

A protégé of Anthony Joshua’s, Okolie showed his eagerness from the off by targeting Askin’s body with a number of left hooks to the body.

The referee was given an early hint that he would have his hands full after Okolie, who used to work in McDonald’s was given an early warning for leading in with his head.

Okolie pushed Askin down in the fourth round after missing with a wild right
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Referee Victor Loughlin took a point away from Okolie in the fifth round, as well as in the eighth and 11th

It soon became clear that this wasn’t going to be a fight for the purists.

It was untidy and Askin was growing increasingly frustrated as both fighters struggled to gain a foothold in the fight.

The loudest cheer of the night was when Joshua provided a welcome distraction after being shown on the big screen.

Askin, coming in with a record of 23 wins from his 27 fights, almost looked like he was waiting for The Sauce to tire himself out before launching an assault, but the onslaught never came.

It was a very scrappy affair at Wembley between Okolie and Askin
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The referee soon had enough in round five when he deducted Okolie a point for leading in with his shoulders and head.

In round eight AJ’s sparring partner was docked another point as he failed to connect with more flailing punches.

Two became three in round 11 but Okolie would feel grateful that it didn’t prove costly in what was an unforgettable Wembley affair.

The judges scored the fight 116-110, 114-112 and 114-113 in Okolie’s favour, but that won’t be on the highlights reel for years to come.


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