Exciting new cruiserweight Okolie aiming to demolish Henshaw in same way as previous two opponents
ANTHONY JOSHUA has earned a reputation for being one of the most destructive punchers in world boxing on his rise to the top.
Joshua takes on Wladimir Klitschko at sold-out Wembley on Saturday aiming to establish himself as the greatest heavyweight on the planet.
But on the undercard is a rising young British hope who has shown signs he can be just as devastating in the ring – Rio Olympian Lawrence Okolie.
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SunSport gives you the lowdown on the promising novice’s third fight in the pro ranks, against Russell Henshaw.
Lawrence Okolie v Russell Henshaw – Cruiserweight contest, 4×3 rounds
Record: 2-0 (2)
Height 6ft 5in
Rio Olympian Lawrence Okolie has made a flying start to life as a pro with two first-round knock-outs in a row.
But after a pair of relatively easy wins over the past six weeks he faces a step up against Nottingham-born Russ Henshaw.
That said, Okolie insists he is still going for a first-round knock-out against Henshaw, who is eight years his senior and six inches shorter.
Plus he has had the added benefit of sparring Anthony Joshua himself in preparation for their fights on April 29.
Okolie said: “Of course I’m always about that first round – this is no different.
“People have said he’s a good opponent for me, let’s see how good he is on the night.”
POTENTIAL: Still very raw after just 26 amateur fights but possesses the sort of power that can take him to the very top.
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Record: 7-4 (2)
Height: 5ft 11in
‘Relentless’ Russell was supposed to have been the opponent for Okolie’s debut but when he was stopped in the first round of his March 18th bout, the match was put on ice.
The 32-year-old started his career with six wins on the spin but he went down the journeyman route during 2016 with four fights in seven months, losing three of them.
He was stopped by Jack Massey in the first round of that contest in March but he knows he can make a real name for himself by upsetting the odds and beating Matchroom’s big cruiserweight hope.
He’s as game as they come and has sparred, among others, Okolie’s former Team GB stablemate Frazer Clarke.
POTENTIAL: May decide life as a journeyman would be his best bet – but that would all change with win against Okolie.