Sunday, 7 August 2016

GB heavyweight Lawrence Okolie faces Erislandy Savon after first Olympic victory over Jakobowski.

Team GB heavyweight hopeful, Lawrence Okolie moved nicely into the next stages at the Rio Olympics with a decisive points victory over Polands Igor Jakubowski on Saturday night..  The 23 year old is now set to rematch the accomplished Cuban Erislandy Savon, two months after he was knocked down three times and stopped by the Cuban inside a round in Uzbekistan..  Okolie has only been boxing since 2012, when he walked into a boxing gym intending to lose weight..  Lawrence chiselled himself a new body and in the process found that he had a flair for the sport, sparring more experienced fighters after only a few months..   Team GB have been extremely impressed with the improvements the 23 year old Okolie has made along with his tireless work ethic..  Savon is favoured by many to grab gold in Rio, moving down a division since 2012 where he campaigned as a Super Heavyweight, losing to eventual gold medalist Anthony Joshua by the slimmest of decisions..   If Okolie could pull off the payback over Savon, he would have to be considered a huge medal possibility, either way, Lawrence Okilie has nothing to lose..