LAWRENCE OKOLIE had something to prove at some point in his life – but he’s not done yet.
The East Londoner went from overweight teenager to Olympian and then world boxing champion a little over ten years after being inspired by Anthony Joshua’s exploits in London 2012.
And after remarkably securing a spot in GB’s squad after just 15 fights and qualifying for the Rio Games, Okolie was beaten and eliminated by Cuban legend Erislandy Savon.
It got him turning his attention to the pro ranks – but he did so with a burning desire to prove himself.
Boxing kings of the past like Floyd Mayweather and Roy Jones Jr. both used their Olympic heartbreak to inspire iconic careers – and Okolie hopes otherwise.
Reflecting on his Olympian elimination, he admits, “I felt like I had a chip on my shoulder, a point I had to prove.
“The point was mostly for myself that I’ll never be happy to be anywhere again just ever, I’ll go and take it.
“In any case, I took my pain of not being an Olympic champion and became a world champion.”
After just four years and 16 fights – the same as his mentor AJ – the cruiserweight found himself in contention for a world title and had his crowning glory in March 2021.
For undefeated Okolie, 29, he has come full circle by leading himself away from the man who first motivated him to fight.
He said: “When I watched McDonald’s AJ go to the Olympics, it was a circle.
“Now moving to his management company and winning my own world title, that’s another.
“To become unchallenged one and godly, it goes on and on. I love it.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18121700/lawrence-okolie-olympic-undisputed-world-title/ Lawrence Okolie had “a point to prove” after Olympic elimination but isn’t done yet as he has his sights set on the undisputed world title