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According to online sportsbook news in the UK, Lawrence Okolie (9-0, 7 KOs) vs Matty Askin (23-3-1, 15 KOs) is expected to be one of explosive domestic clashes. The fight will take place just before the heavyweight champion Joshua defends his world titles against the Russian powerhouse Alexander Povetkin. Former Olympian Lawrence Okolie is one of the rising stars of British boxing. He is looking to make it three titles in three fights when he faces Blackpool’s Askin. Yet Matty Askin is the defending champion and he is more experienced, therefore betting on Okolie to win against Askin could be a risky move,
yet bookie suggest: it is worth it!
Okolie the British Cruiserweight Rising Star
Lawrence Okolie’s ranking has swiftly risen, after he floored Isaac Chamberlain twice in a points win to secure the WBA Continental belt in front of a huge crowd at The O2 in February. He then added the Commonwealth title with a third-round knockout of Luke Watkins (13-0) in June. The next fight will be his only 10th pro fight, but he is already collecting belts with 7 knockouts and zero losses.
On the other side of the ring, Matty Askin will be standing in confidence that this fight is no different from all his previous defeats of unbeaten challengers. Askin halted Welshman Craig Kennedy (16-0) in six rounds to claim the Lonsdale belt in May 2017. He then defended it with ruthless second-round stoppage of Scotland’s Stephen Simmons (18-2) in March. Askin strongly believes he is capable of ruining Okolie’s unbeaten record within five rounds.
Okolie is the Hot Favourite
According to best online betting sites in the UK, Askin is perhaps a bit too confident and that might go against him in the ring. Although Askin is the defending champion and he is more experienced, Okolie is big, powerful and a heavy puncher. If Askin fails to move quickly and push the fight to late rounds, he might lose by KO within early few rounds.
The odds on Okolie vs Askin put the young cruiserweight boxer as a hot favourite with a value of 1.35, according to Unibet Sportsbook, whereas the experienced Askin at the age of 29 stands at 3.15, and an unpleasant draw is at 26.00. If you think youth, strength and big dreams define the boxing world then pick Okolie as your winner, while if you think the 25-year-old Hackney boxer has taken this fight too soon and he still needs more time to learn then you can bet against him and pick up Askin as your winner.