Eddie Hearn Insists Lawrence Okolie Still Has One Fight Left On His Contract
Matchroom Boxing’s chairman Eddie Hearn insists that WBO world cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie has one fight remaining on his existing promotional deal although this has been disputed by both Okolie and his previous management 258 MGT.
Hearn previously explained to the Ball & Brawl podcast that this misunderstanding comes from Okolie taking an interim fight when a world title bout was postponed on 10 days notice.
“He (Okolie) took a fight on the AJ card (Joshua vs Pulev), he was supposed to fight Glowacki. He ended up having an interim fight (Nikodem Jezewski) where it was outside of the contract – it was all agreed”
The British promoter informed The DAZN Boxing Show that he would not be backing down from his position. “We had a situation with Lawrence Okolie, it’s been well documented, he had a fight left under his contract – he disputed that and it’s going through that legal process now”.
Hearn clarified earlier this year that BOXXER/Sky Sports were the entities that approached Okolie whilst under contract and he would be following that up legally as well. “People interfered with the contract, there’s legal cases and situations going on there as well”.
BOXXER and No Limit Boxing, the promoter of his mandatory challenger David Light, reached a deal for Okolie to defend his world championship against Light on March 11 in London live on Sky Sports.
NoSmokeBoxing understands that there were attempts to place Lawrence Okolie on BOXXER shows in 2022 but the dispute with Matchroom prevented them from doing so.