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Lawrence Okolie: Why Mum Won’t Allow Me Face Joshua

Lawrence Okolie: Why Mum Won’t Allow Me Face Joshua

Lawrence Okolie has ruled out the possibility of ever facing his manager Anthony Joshua in the ring – because his mum would never let him.

Okolie will take on Krzysztof Glowacki on Saturday (tonight) for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title.

The 28-year-old has the ambition of ruling the heavyweight division in future which could lead to an awkward situation if his manager Joshua is still reigning as the king of the division.

But mum Elizabeth won’t ever allow it to happen having seen how Joshua inspired Okolie to go from McDonald’s worker in 2012 to a Rio Olympian four years later and possibly a world champion tonight.

“I think that would be a conflict of interests,” said the unbeaten Okolie.

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“It’s not really in my plans.

“He’s obviously someone who has been a massive inspiration to my life and boxing.

“My mum, first and foremost, would never accept it.

“I think she would be rooting for AJ. That is not one I really look at. She loves him.

“She knows the impact he has had, she has seen the change in me, they’ve spoken, she roots for him and supports him.

“If I say ‘I’m pushing all that to the side and I’m going to go after the money or whatever’. I don’t think she would be too happy about it.”

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  • Edoman 3 years ago

    This is a very good and well brought up Nigerian guy the World are talking about. He knows where is he coming from. he won the fight anyway.

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