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Lawrence Okolie looking towards world title fight in 2020

Okolie says he’ll be fighting Yves Ngabu for the European title.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

British cruiserweight prospect Lawrence Okolie (13-0, 10 KOs) has just recently confirmed to the public that his next upcoming fight will come against against Yves Ngabu (20-0, 14 KOs) for the EBU title.

Okolie, 26, admits that it’s a tough fight for him on paper — saying he rates Ngabu as a good opponent with a good trainer in Dominic Ingle — but still tells Sky Sports that he thinks it’s a favorable style match-up for him.

“When I break it down and look at Ngabu versus me, just stylistically it’s a good match-up for me. Talk is cheap, we’re going to have to wait until the night.”

Okolie would go on to say that he hopes to stage the Ngabu fight within the next couple of months as he’s eyeing even bigger goals for the coming year, saying he hopes to be vying for a world title by then.

“I’m in a position where I could stay and defend the British titles a few times and then go up, but I said no, I want to go for the European,” he said. “God willing I’m able to win that. I’m definitely going to push towards world level and try and grab a world title next year.”

And should everything shake out for Okalie as he hopes, he says he’ll be the British guy who won domestic and world titles, which he’ll then then bring back to the U.K. to stage some big fights for the local fans.

We shall see...

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