07
Mar
2021

Okolie going back to the drawing board, Askin to appeal messy loss

Okolie

­čôŞ: Lawrence Lustig

Matty Askin has put plans in place to lobby with the British Board of Boxing Control over his defeat to Lawrence Okolie.

A twelve round fight turned into farce at Wembley when Okolie, not for the first time in his career, employed spoiling tactics to get the W.

Either side of an impressive stoppage of Luke Watkins, Okolie has been roundly booed at the completion of his last two points victories.

It’s worrying for promoter Eddie Hearn, who admitted at ringside his man should have been deducted points.

In the end, Okolie had three taken off for excessive shoulder and head use but still managed a unanimous decision.

Taking the British title from Askin, Okolie has since been apologetic for his messy performance.



“Wait a second. I just watched the fight back. Similar to British beef, I really need to work on this inside game,” said Okolie.

“Winning is important but omg I hated watching that. I have a lot more learning to do┬ábecause that wrestling semi-effective but horrible to watch – even for me.

“That was not won well. I’ll go back to the drawing board and work on what needs doing. I want to feel pride in not just my achievements but my performance. Won’t lie, I’m back in the gym ASAP.

“I’ll go back to the gym and the drawing board to┬álearn. I’ve got amazing attributes but I need to fully rely upon and use them effectively.

“I never mind who I fight I just want to get better and take a risk. It’s the only way I learn,” he added.

Askin

APPEAL

An obviously unhappy Askin outlined his plans after suffering a fourth career defeat.

“Thank you to all the genuine boxing Fans who have sent me their messages of support,” said Askin.

“There is no place in boxing for wrestling a head-butting.

“I will be logding my complaint with the Board of Control,” he stated.