Luke Watkins vs Lawrence Okolie

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Luke Watkins vs Lawrence Okolie
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Date: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Location: 
York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
200
Titles at Stake: 
(British Empire) Cruiserweight Commonwealth Title. WBA Cruiserweight Continental Title
Referee: 
Michael Alexander

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Fan Cards: Luke Watkins vs Lawrence Okolie


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUKE WATKINS
9
9
18
LAWRENCE OKOLIE
10
10
20


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUKE WATKINS
9
9
18
LAWRENCE OKOLIE
10
10
20


scorecard by NARUTO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUKE WATKINS
9
9
18
LAWRENCE OKOLIE
10
10
20


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUKE WATKINS
9
9
18
LAWRENCE OKOLIE
10
10
20


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Great match up!
Two unbeaten fighters, one, the more well known, but with a lot to learn, the other, in his prime, more experienced. Both these guys are punchers, both have been active. I can't wait for this fight!

You could definitely call this a 50/50 fight, I think Okolie is probably the favourite, maybe a heavy favourite. Okolie has the name, he's been slightly more hyped up, because he was in the Olympics, and his professional debut was made note of, Okolie is the better known, and he is much bigger than Watkins. Okolie is a giant cruiserweight, he is 6'5, that's quite tall even for a heavyweight, Lennox Lewis was 6'5, it isn't much shorter than Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko, whereas Watkins, 6'1, not short for a cruiserweight, but not tall for the weight either, he is a good 10 cm shorter than Okolie. Besides his height, Okolie is a well conditioned athlete who just about makes 200, he's never been below 199, and the majority of his fights have been above 200, so Okolie, a massive cruiserweight, he'll probably move up to heavyweight at some stage, because it seems unlikely he can make 200 for the rest of his career.

Watkins is the champion just as Okilie is, the Continental belt is Okolie's, but Watkins has the Commonwealth title, that suggests he is the more experienced. Watkins has had 5 fights more than Okolie, has been a professional, for over 2 years longer, and based on his Boxrec page, he has fought at a higher level than Okolie so far, he has been in two title fights, Okolie has been in one, and apart from Isaac Chamberlain (who really, seemed to young, too small to be in with Okolie, and seemed mentally, to be struggling throughout), I think Watkins's first 11 fights (non title) were against better opposition than Okolie's first 7 (non title). Okolie is 25, definitely not in his prime yet, at only 8-0, even progressing as fast as he is, especially being a big fighter. Okolie is still quite inexperienced in the pro game, he has only been a pro for about a year, he has a lot to learn. Watkins has the age and and timing advantage I would say, given that he is 28, probably in his prime now, more experienced than Okolie as well.

Both fighters have a recent win over an unbeaten opponent, Okolie in his last fight, Watkins, in the fight before his last. Okolie and Watkins should both be confident, well prepared, and I think both, at this level, are very good, both can punch, should be a fun fight.

Interestingly, although Okolie is the guy who keeps blasting everyone out, knocking them out early, he has 10 rounds under his belt, Watkins does not, he has been 8 rounds, twice, but that's it, Okolie hasn't been that far, apart from the Chamberlain fight, but I still think, long distance wise, Watkins, the more experienced professional, doesn't necessarily have the advantage, and as Okolie proved against Chamberlain, he can do 10 rounds, and keep winning, he did not fade at all in that fight, and part of that is because his natural sizs makes him physically strong, late in fights, and he doesn't have the problem of lugging around a load of extra muscle, which means he doesn't need the extra oxygen as the fight goes on, that fighters who gas out beyond say 6 rounds need, because of all the excess weight. Without doubt, Watkins's chin will be tested, he has been down once, but in this fight, it is a real test, he should test Okolie's chin like Chamberlain couldn't. If Watkins can hold centre ring, if he is big enough not to be bullied to the extent that Chamberlain was, and he can soak up the power of Okolie, at least for a certain amount of time, I think this will be a great fight.

I think Okolie will stop Watkins in 8 rounds, that's my prediction, I think it will be a very fan friendly fight, Watkins will have success, he is further ahead in the leadning process if his career than Okolie, it will be an interesting fight, but Okolie, the bigger, might be the bigger puncher, the better amateur pedigree, and really, although Watkins might be underrated, and is an unbeaten Commonwealth champion in his own right, I think Okolie has the more potential, and his ultimate limit, peak, will be at a level above Watkins's, and I think really, he is the higher calibre fighter. I do think Okolie will face his toughest test against Watkins, will have to dig deep like he hasn't had to before.

Naruto's picture

Hopefully Okolie puts on a better performance than he did against Chamberlain.

Champion97's picture

Absolutely brilliant from Lawrence Okolie!
Okolie is learning very quickly, he is a great finisher, it is easy to overreach as a tall guy going for the kill, if your opponent gets close, tries to hold on, you don't want to give them a second's respite, and you throw with not enough focus, the shot goes too far forward, with the reach as well, a straight shot might not be the best shot when trying to finish the fight, but Okolie didn't overreach, he kept landing that right hand with accuracy, got the distance right, great finish from Okolie!

I was more impressed by Okolie this time than against Chamberlain, but he looked a lot better not because he was much better but because Chamberlain was on a survival mission, and Watkins came to fight, and didn't get intimidated by the size, strength or any other mentally demoralising attributes a tall, cruiserweight/heavyweight fighter like Okolie has, and he paid the price for taking chances.