Lawrence Okolie vs Isaac Chamberlain Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
Cruiserweight prospects Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain settle feud in British Beef
British cruiserweight prospects Lawrence Okolie (7-0, 6 KOs) and Isaac Chamberlain (9-0, 4 KOs) will settle their long-standing rivalry this weekend as they clash at the O2 Arena in London.
The battle between this pair of promising 200lbs talents headlines Sky Sports’ ‘British Beef’ in the capital, with both men seeking a statement success early in their respective professional careers.
Hackney fighter Okolie will enter the ring as the odds-on favourite with most bookies to prevail in this awaited grudge match, after six knockout victories from his seven outings in the pro ranks.
? The war of words stepped up a notch today after @IChamberlain_ placed @Lawrence_tko’s CV as a job ad in the @hackneygazette, Okolie’s local paper, offering to find him new work after he knocks him out on Feb 3 @TheO2 ? #BritishBeef #OkolieChamberlain pic.twitter.com/AXv4hxhrmw— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) January 26, 2018
Meanwhile, Brixton rival Chamberlain is seen at 6/4 with Betfair to come away with the London bragging rights from this potentially heated match-up.
Following last year’s all-British bout between Josh Taylor and Ohara Davies, this intriguing meeting is another between two highly promising fighters that could provide fireworks at the O2.
Anthony Joshua backing Okolie to prevail in ‘British Beef’ headliner
World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will be at ringside for the clash this weekend, as his management company are guiding the career of fellow former Team GB star Okolie.
The now 25-year-old made his pro debut in March 2017 and has since showcased substantial power in stopping six of seven foes since. Mentor ‘AJ’ is backing Okolie to triumph but in what could be a gruelling scrap.
“In terms of predictions of who is going to win, I’m going to say Lawrence because that’s my guy,” stated Joshua.
“But in terms of how the fight will go, I think it will be epic and phenomenal, because they are going to push each other past round six, round eight, and go into the championship rounds.”
Okolie is seemingly the bigger puncher of the two and will climb the ring ropes this weekend at 6/4 with Betfair to secure another KO victory.
In his first 10-rounder, though, he is also seen at 11/4 to secure the nod from the judges against his bitter rival.
Chamberlain’s professional experience bodes well for latest encounter
Chamberlain has previously honed his defensive skills in sparring against world heavyweight title holders Joshua and Deontay Wilder, while more recently he was in camp with unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Another edge that the 23-year-old holds ahead of the biggest bout of his early career so far is his experience as a pro. The unbeaten talent has already gone 10 rounds once so far, having outpointed Wadi Camacho in September 2016.
Notably, Chamberlain has gone 43 rounds in the paid ranks since making his debut in January 2015, compared to Okolie’s 15. That could prove to be a decisive factor over the distance this Saturday night.
He is therefore a promising 3/1 with Paddy Power to earn a decision success in London, after five previous points wins to date.
With the vacant WBA Continental cruiserweight title also on the line, Chamberlain is 11/2 to stop his long-standing rival here.
The feud between Okolie and Chamberlain has been threatening to boil over for some time now, but both men have the opportunity to get the final say this weekend in ‘British Beef’.
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