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2019

Heavyweight ‘not done with boxing’ despite landing role in BBC One drama

Phil Jay 26/01/2019

UK heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo has been out of the ring since a 2015 defeat to former world title challenger Hughie Fury.

During that time, the 40 year-old has been honing his craft as an actor. Making a showreel and signing up to a talent agency, Olubamiwo actually landed his first role in 2014.

Since then, ‘War Machine’ has added seven further acting credits to his name.

Working in films headed by the likes of Inception and Thunderball star Earl Cameron. Olubamiwo also appeared in ‘The Middle Man’. The Brit movie¬†featured Eastenders actresses Kara Tointon and Daniella Westbrook in 2017.

This week, it was announced that Olubamiwo has been cast in a BBC One six-part drama ‘The Capture’.

The Narrow Road Co. made it official.

“Exciting Friday news, @LarryOlubamiwo will feature in new @BBCOne surveillance thriller, #TheCapture. The 6-part drama will look at the troubling world of misinformation, fake news, and the extraordinary capabilities of intelligence services!”

‘The Capture’ has an A-list cast as Hiten Patel, who features in the forthcoming Disney live-action blockbuster Aladdin. And Holliday Grainger, Anastasia in the 2015 remake of Cinderella, top the billing.

Speaking to WBN briefly regarding the role, Olubamiwo took the opportunity to point out that he still intends to make a return to the ring in future.

“I’m excited but I’m still not done with boxing. I am going to try and do both acting and boxing to the best of my ability,” Olubamiwo told World Boxing News.

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Earlier, and regarding his role, the ex-Southern Arena champion had stated: “Had a blast doing this. Looking forward to seeing the result. Let me know what you think.”

The series will be directed by the man behind ‘The Missing’ in 2016, Ben Chanan.


Without a formal release date. It’s expected Olubamiwo will hit UK terrestrial screens later this year.

Larry left boxing with an 11-19 record as a pro. He had lost his last five bouts, the final being a first round reverse to the middle Fury (Tyson oldest, Tommy youngest).

During his career, the Hackney man shared the squared circle with John McDermott, Sam Sexton (twice), Dave Allen, Gary Cornish, Tom Little and Cassius Chaney.

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