Search

Cruiserweight rivals Okolie and Camacho ready to do battle on Matchroom show

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 March 2019

Lawrence Okolie (left) and Wadi Camacho will meet at the Copper Box Arena this weekend (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

Lawrence Okolie (left) and Wadi Camacho will meet at the Copper Box Arena this weekend (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

British rivals to meet at the Copper Box Arena this weekend

Cruiserweight rivals Lawrence Okolie and Wadi Camacho promise exciting action in their showdown duel at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday.

Former Dagenham BC amateur Okolie’s British title and Camacho’s Commonwealth belt are at stake as the local rivals meet on the Matchroom promotion headlineded by Charlie Edwards’ WBC world flyweight title defence against Angel Moreno.

Hot-favourite Okolie insists he will record his 12th consecutive victory in his two unbeaten years as a pro after his spell at the Dagenham club.

The win will also mean that he will recapture the Commonwealth belt he won last year when stopping Luke Watkins which he later vacated.

Saturday’s rivals came face to face in the ring at The O2 Arena earlier this year after Okolie slammed his 11th straight victory, halting Hungarian Tamas Lodi in three rounds.

And the 26-year-old predicts another explosive win on Saturday against his 33-year-old rival who has 21 wins in 28 contests. “Well done to Wadi for taking the fight unlike a lot of cruiserweights who say a lot, but don’t step forward,” said Okolie. “Wadi will be beaten like the rest.”

Camacho, hoping to record a fifth straight victory in title bouts, laughs off the bookies’ odds that make him a huge underdog.

“I have upset favourites before and I can’t wait to do it again on Saturday. Lawrence is in for a big shock at the Copper Box,” said the experienced cruiserweight.

Camacho, who is based in Canning Town, was last in action in November when he beat Arfan Iqbal at York Hall.

The 33-year-old has won each of his last four bouts and will hope to extend that record on Saturday.

But Okolie will be a formidable foe for Camacho as he looks to take another step towards a possible shot at a world title before the year is out.

At the top of the bill, Edwards makes the first defence of the world title he won in December when he faces Spain’s Moreno.

Joshua Buatsi and Liam Conroy clash for the British light heavyweight title on a bill that also features Lewis Ritson, Jason Quigley and Sean McGoldrick.

It looks set to be an entertaining bill for those in attendance at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday with a whole host of local talent on show.

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 18:52

Home-grown heroes Aaron Beard and Jamie Porter celebrated signing new two-year contracts at Essex by sharing nine-wickets as the hosts took control of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Somerset.

Yesterday, 16:48

Leyton Orient has signed young duo Jayden Sweeney and Brendon Shabani to professional contracts.

Hammers youngster Trott looks for senior appearances for League One club

Yesterday, 15:26

Over 150 young women came together on Saturday to compete in a 7 a-side competition as part of the B Active summer showcase.

Yesterday, 11:00

Super Rangers remain unbeaten, London Fields produce strong display and Wapping Dolphins make it seven wins from seven.

Yesterday, 07:59

Great Britain's men and women got the better of their New Zealand rivals on the final weekend of FIH Pro League action at Twickenham Stoop.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Somerset's bowling attack, led by Jamie Overton and Jack Leach, underlined why the county sit comfortably on top of the Specsavers County Championship Division One table as they bowled Essex out for 216.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Essex cricketer Ryan ten Doeschate talks about bowler Simon Harmer's success, working to improve his batting and the upcoming game against Somerset.

PROMOTED CONTENT

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists