EXCLUSIVE: Matty Askin discusses potential Lawrence Okolie fight at Wembley Stadium

Thomas Davison 18/07/2018

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Matty Askin said that a Wembley showdown is the ‘dream scenario’ but would fight Lawrence Okolie in ‘his own house’ if he had to. 

The BBBofC have ordered Askin to defend his British cruiserweight title against Commonwealth champion Okolie in their latest ciruclar.

Eddie Hearn has said on record, that he wants to win the purse bid for Askin v Okolie, and would look to put the bout on Anthony Joshua’s September 22nd blockbuster clash with Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.

A Wembley showdown on Sky Box Office would be a dream for Askin, but he isn’t getting carried away just yet, as anything can happen in a purse bid.

“He (Eddie Hearn) will have to bid for it then won’t he? To make sure, if he doesn’t win the bid then he won’t be getting it on that show,” Askin exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I know there will be a few going in for it, my manager said it’s August 8th they will be going in. We will know then who has got it and what not.

“Eddie winning it is the dream scenario, but I’ve always said I don’t really care, I’d fight him in his house if I needed to. I have the fight, and that is the priority and focus – not all the cameras and the people and the lights, as long as I’m getting paid.” Askin added.

That hasn’t stopped ‘The Assassin’ getting wound up about the possibility. “It massively excites me,” he said. “Who wouldn’t like to box at Britain’s most prestigious venue in Wembley? And on a massive heavyweight title fight? It’s exciting. But like I say, I won’t do anything until it’s set.”

The 29-year-old has largely boxed on smaller shows throughout his 10-year professional career, but the former ABA champion is in no doubt he has earned his chance on the big stage.

“It’s something that I deserve now. I’ve boxed well on my last two dates, but not on such a massive platform like this one would be. For me, for my profile and for people to learn my name it would need to be on a stage like that and that’s something I would look forward to if it was to come off.”

Unlike Askin, AJ Promotions managed Okolie has had huge backing from Hearn and Sky since the start of his career, but this isn’t something that particularly riles Askin.

“He’s got a lot of backing behind him with Joshua and Sky and he gets a lot more exposure than someone like myself, who has been at it for a long time now. Now I’m getting the recognition that I deserve, I guess,” pointed out Askin.

“It doesn’t really bother me that he gets the exposure and I don’t. I like being left alone, to be honest. People aren’t messaging me all the time telling me how great I am and what not. I enjoy being alone,” he said with a chuckle.

Even for a man who embraces the quiet life, Askin knows that he has to grab this opportunity with both hands.

“For me to get what I want out of the sport I have to embrace this step up and become well-known.

“Finance is the big factor for me and to be able to secure a decent, or half decent future for my little lad. If I can get more well known then these fights will do that,” concluded the domestic title holder.

Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93