With 11 of his 14 wins coming inside the space, ‘The Sauce’ has a formidable belt collection and the 27-year-old is far from done yet. Okolie won the WBA Continental Title with victory over bitter rival Isaac Chamberlain in February 2018 which kickstarted strap season for the Hackney man. In the previous few struggle he has improved significantly from an ungainly scrappy fighter with distinctive power to a more poised, calculated and patient fighter utilising his attributes corresponding to his reach and jab.
It was introduced that Okolie would seem on the NXTGEN card on 1 September 2017, at the York Hall in London. Other prospects on the card included Conor Benn and fellow Olympians Joshua Buatsi and Joe Cordina. Okolie went the six-spherical distance for the primary time in his profession towards Blaise Mendouo. He lost one round on the referee’s scorecard, successful 59–54. Okolie was also taken previous the primary spherical for the primary time in his skilled career.
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Those who back Okolie communicate of the awkwardness his big frame causes opponents and imagine he’ll go on to show a menace at heavyweight. But Okolie’s work ethic in the gym and need to improve have impressed and a run of slicker displays thrust him right into a world-title battle that he dominated from start to end. A pinpoint right ended issues, giving Okolie, 28, his first world title. He started unloading his proper hand in the fourth and looked fully comfortable in opposition to a former world champion.
His opponent was 33 year old Geoffrey Cave, who had a report of no wins and two losses. The fight lasted 20 seconds and ended after Okolie landed two proper hooks to the top of Cave. His next bout occurred in Glasgow, Scotland at The SSE Hydro on 15 April as part of the undercard for the world Ricky Burns vs. Julius Indongo super light-weight unification struggle.