Nigerian-British boxer and Rio 2016 Olympian
Lawrence Okolie took just 20 seconds to score a
knockout win on his professional debut.
The 24-year-old British cruiserweight who has a
Nigerian parents caught compatriot Geoffrey
Cave with two solid right hands.
The bout followed Anthony Crolla’s points defeat
by Jorge Linares at Manchester Arena.
“Sorry to everyone that missed me fighting,”
Okolie tweeted. “The good news is a Won by KO
in 20 seconds!! Bad news is I’m back in the cage
London-based Cave, 33, has now lost all three of
his professional fights.
Okolie competed at heavyweight and lost to
Cuban Erislandy Savon at the last-16 stage at the
He had boxed Savon once before and lost via a
first-round stoppage, but at the second attempt
he went the three-round distance with the Cuban
who would eventually claim a bronze medal.
Savon had lost Nigerian born Anthony Joshua at
the London 2012 which also inspired Okolie.
Okolie had explained that the likes of Joshua
lured him into boxing.
“Before I started boxing properly I was working in
McDonald’s, and I was watching the Olympics
during my breaks whenever I could,” he told Sky
Sports News HQ.
“It was the only thing to do! There was a
particular break where Usain Bolt won the 100m
then Anthony Joshua won gold. I felt something
“It was really inspirational. I started putting more
work into training, and believing it more.”
Okolie hopes to become a world champion within
four years and is scheduled to fight on the
undercard of Ricky Burns’ super-lightweight
unification bout with Julius Indongo on April 15.