Boxing: Former Repton amateur Lawrence Okolie endures mixed emotions on Anthony Joshua’s big night at Wembley
PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 May 2017
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Okolie’s scheduled fight cancelled because of TV schedules, but was thrilled to see friend Joshua defeat Wladimir Klitschko
It was a bittersweet night at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie, who was eagerly awaiting his third pro fight before a 90,000 crowd on one of the UK’s biggest ever boxing nights.
Deflation came when his four-round contest was cancelled because of TV schedules, allowing the Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko main event to be screened live around the world.
The 24-year-old former Repton amateur was due to meet Derby’s Russ Henshaw on the undercard, but took to Twitter after the fight was cancelled, posting: “I am gutted, I actually feel sick.”
Elation followed with the inspiring display of his friend and sparring partner Joshua climbing off the canvas to win in the eleventh round of the best heavyweight fight seen in years.
“What a performance,” posted Okolie, who he admitted his was in tears after watching his pal’s thrilling victory on a memorable night at Wembley, on Instagram. “Is greatness contagious? If so I hope I have caught it.”
Okolie continues the campaign, which has so far brought two first-round wins, boxing at the O2 Arena on June 3, when promoter Eddie Hearn stages the clash of big punching Dillian Whyte and Polish giant Mariusz Wach.
Also on the show, Frank Buglioni defends his British lightheavyweight against unbeaten challenger Ricky Summers.