All the talk, all the build up and all the hype culminated in a rather easy points victory for Hackney man Lawrence Okolie as he proved many people wrong tonight as he produced two knock-downs on route to his victory.
From the off Okolie showed his strength as he moved Chamberlain around the ring with ease, scoring a knockdown in the first round with a glancing right hand. Things got worse for Chamberlain as he was docked a point in round two for holding.
The fight was quite a gritty affair as referee Steve Gray constantly warning both fighters about holding, this is how the fight progressed until the sixth round as Chamberlain touched the canvas after another right hand. There was points in the contest that Chamberlain made Okolie miss but couldn’t punish him as such the fight continued to be a scrappy affair which ended in a comfortable points victory for Okolie.
Okolie will be looking at a British title shot according to promoter Eddie Hearn who said this after the fight,
“Okolie has a lot to learn, but it’s a big win from Okolie, he was impressive in parts, but other parts he has to work on.
“Isaac got hurt and tried to recover. It was very scrappy. A big ten rounds for Okolie’s career.
“Both guys have a future, Isaac will come back while Okolie will move forward to British title shots as soon as possible.
Many people chose Chamberlain to win tonight but I picked Okolie purely because of his size and strength. Okolie looked like a heavyweight tonight and it showed.
I’m aiming to provide you with at least one classic British boxing fight per month for those of you who lay not have seen certain British contests. This month I’ll start with a classic and personal favourite of mine and we look no further than this classic fight between unbeaten British Super Featherweight champion Alex Arthur vs the highly unfancied brawler Michael Gomez.
The fight took place at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland in front of a sold out crowd who were experiencing the first professional boxing card in twenty years to be held in the city. Alex Arthur who was born and raised in Edinburgh was a rising star in British boxing at the time with a record of 16 fights 16 wins and 13 coming via stoppages, this was supposed to be a routine defence of the British title against a fighter who at the time was was 29-5 but the Irish born Manchester fighter had other ideas.
The boxing press decided that Gomez had absolutely no chance and that he had been through too many wars throughout his career and Arthur would ease past him even Arthur himself decided that Gomez was an easy fight by saying that he could see twenty ways to beat him but Gomez proved his critics and Arthur wrong when he arrived at the fight in great condition and with fire and purpose. The first couple of rounds started at a great pace, with Arthur keeping Gomez at distance with stiff jabs and Gomez working his way inside with hooks and body punches. The match was turning into a clash of styles, Arthur using control and boxing technique and Gomez storming forward with great might. From the third round the fight went Gomez’s way, Gomez cut Arthur in the third and stunned the home crowd in too silence, who were not used to seeing the home-town hero being bludgeoned in this manner. Gomez dominated the rest of the fight and in the fifth round it came to an end after Arthur was knocked down twice and eventually stopped.
Please watch the video and enjoy it as it was a great fight.