Postcode war

It’s another postcode war folks, only this time they’re getting paid to go at it and no one will end up on Crimewatch or wanted, in fact they’ll probably embrace after the final bell. Lawrence Okolie (Hackney) vs Isaac Chamberlain (Brixton) aka British Beef and not the edible type. These 2 have been verbally sparring for quite some time, however on the 3rd of February it’s going to transform into a physical war, a likely British classic. These lads are both big for cruiserweights and I’m sure one day will make move up to the 91Kg division, but for now they’re make the cruisers exciting again. We’ve not been as excited about a cruiserweight bout since David Haye’s execution of Enzo Maccarinelli in March 2008. Whether your a boxing fan or not it’s time to get excited because this British rivalry is personal and will produce fireworks.

video of when they met in person

 

How significant is this fight?

For Chamberlain, very. If he wins he becomes a household name and basically takes that Olympic glory that Okolie currently has. If Okolie wins he will be looking at a British or English title shot, although the latter is one I’m sure he’ll over look. A loss for either and they will literally have to rebuild from the ground up, more so Chamberlain who has a great win over Wadi Camacho for the southern area title but no Olympic background unlike his foe.

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A loss to Lawrence Okolie will literally only be a small speed bump, just like James DeGale, Amir Khan and Luke Campbell he will have the opportunity to come again. Matchroom promotions already have him on thousands of people’s lips, as he as boarders becoming a household name.

Predictions

I think the better boxer of the 2 is Chamberlain, he has more in his locker, however Okolie has the size and the better consistent sparring. Lawrence spends most his time sparring Anthony Joshua, Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce. If he can withstand punches from these guys as a cruiserweight and willingly returns to their training camps he must be hard as nails.

Chamberlain on the other hand, has also had great sparring, notably Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk, but these need be happening more frequently.

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So far the Olympian is untested and seems very rough around the edges as he constantly chases knock outs, looking sloppy at times. He leaves himself open for shots and has already taken a few big shots so far in his career.

Chamberlain is definitely the more polished of the 2 but has an awful tendency of engaging at close range with opponents he could easily outbox at long or mid range. He’s been taken to the trenches against Camacho when his arm popped out, showing everyone he has the heart of a Lion. I usually say skills pay the bills but in this case I think the more physical man will take it and Lawrence Okolie will move to 8-0. This will be a good fight but maybe the ref will have to stop it, I’m not sure Chamberlains has the power to stop Okolie unless to the body but Okolie if composed can dispatch of Chamberlain.. If Okolie fights like someone worthy of being an Olympian and works off his jab then it should be an easy night, if not we’re in for a scorcher. Either way prepare your peppercorn sauce, fry your steak chips and enjoy the British beef.