Exclusive: British champ Matty Askin not excited by Okolie v Chamberlain fight, gives prediction

Chandler Waller 21/01/2018

Matty Askin holds what could be an unpopular opinion about the much-hyped Lawrence Okolie v Isaac Chamberlain fight on 3rd March as the British champion gave his view on the UK cruiserweight division.

The fight – labelled ‘British Beef’ – is happening too early in the British prospects’ careers is a point made by Askin in a recent chat with WBN.

“For the point of their career, its a fight that neither of them need. They’re both up and coming and it shows they’ve both got a big heart. They don’t need to take the fight. Obviously, the money must be pretty decent as well,” Askin exclusively told World Boxing News.

Askin gave his raw opinion on the upcoming fight, taking place at London’s O2 Arena.

“I don’t think it will be that exciting, I really don’t. I fancy Okolie to win – if I’m honest. I think he’ll be too big, his reach and he’s got a bit of power about him.

“I’ve never really watched them both properly but from what I have seen from Okolie, he can cause a lot of problems for anyone in the division. It’s a good fight but for me, I have Okolie.”

When asked if he thought it would go the distance, he responded: “I do yeah, again I don’t see it being a particularly exciting fight, I don’t know what to tell you, I think they might stand up and box each other and it might just become a bit stale.”

When asked on his view of the UK cruiserweight division, Askin quickly answered with the fight he’s most looking forward to:

“I would love to fight Luke Watkins. We’ve spoken to Paddy Fitzpatrick [Watkin’s trainer] but he clearly wants the fight, I want the fight.

“You’ve only got to look at my record – I’ve never pulled out of a fight. I’m at a point now where I’m boxing well and I just want to pick up as much as I can. I was 29 in December, I just want to plod along now and get as much as I can.”

As for his status of champion and winning even more titles, Askin sees them as bonuses.

“I’m not in it for the accolades, I just want to make sure that my family is comfortable, my partner, my son and if I can pick up some belts along the way, that’s how it is. It’s more making a living for the little family I’ve got,” he concluded.

Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller