Officially today Eddie Hearn finalised a fight between two of his prized Cruiserweight’s Lawrence Okolie (7-0, 6KOs) and Isaac Chamberlain (9-0, 4KOs).
The bitter London rivals will go head to head at the O2 Arena on February 3 2018 and look to settle a score that has been building up for months.
The pair have been at war on social media with Brixton’s Chamberlain confronting Hackney’s Okolie when they were both ringside at York Hall.
Okolie said: “I think it’s going to be a bloody, brutal fight.
“I said when I first turned professional I’m not here to mess about, I want to take risks and push on. Chamberlain has done a lot of talking and on February 3 we’ll see if he can back up his words.
“It’s one for the fans in a thriving domestic division. People will finally see me come out of the cage.”
Chamberlain said: “It’s been a long time coming. I’m pleased we have finished and signed off on all the negotiations, now that is done we can focus on the fight. It’s a great fight for British boxing fans.
“Nothing has been given to me and I still have that underdog mentality – everything I want I have to go and get it, I’ve earnt my stripes.
“That’s made me a lot stronger fighter and that’s going to show on February 3. I want to knock him out. I’m going to knock him out. I’m going to train so hard, I’m going to knock him out cold.”
The pair will head a stacked card including Natasha Jonas (4-0, 4KOs) and Watford’s Reece Bellotti (11-0, 10KOs) who will defend his Commonwealth featherweight title against Ben Jones (22-6-1, 10KOs)
One fighter to watch out for is super welterweight Ted Cheeseman (12-0, 8KOs) who will step up his level of opponent against Carson Jones (40-12-3, 30KOs)
Also on the bill is Okolie’s Rio Olympic team-mate Joshua Buatsi (3-0, 2KOs) who returns from injury, Ohara Davies (16-1, 13KOs) & Felix Cash (7-0, 5KOs)
I am somewhat surprised that Eddie Hearn has finally gave into the demands of both fighters who have been very vocal about squaring off against each other. Especially considering that neither have gone past 10 pro fights yet.
Saying that I am looking forward to a great fight. There is absolutely nothing wrong with losing, the only damage it could do is derail their careers for 18 months or so.
If anything it shows the younger generation that the ‘O’ means absolutely nothing and good young fighters can fight each other instead of having a protected record.