Lawrence Okolie takes a step up in class to face unbeaten Belgian Yves Ngabu for the European cruiserweight title. David Haye tells us the Brit is more than ready...
"He used to come down to the gym and spar with Joe Joyce and if those sessions are anything to go by then I have no doubt he’s a future two-weight world champion."
Okolie is very impressive
Lawrence Okolie is unbeaten in 13 fights as a cruiserweight and I have to say I have been very impressed with him. He's one of the standout names in British boxing in any weight division. It does feel like he's flying under the radar but the people in boxing who know quality understand Lawrence is a future cruiserweight world champion.
In my opinion, he has all the tools needed to do what only two men in history have done - myself and Evander Holyfield - become the cruiserweight world champion before moving up to be crowned heavyweight champion.
Future two-weight world champion
Okolie has all the physical tools required to achieve that amazing feat. Many people believe Oleksandr Usyk has the chance to do that. I have already said, somewhat controversially, that Lawrence Okolie has an even better chance. I say that despite the fact he hasn't even won a cruiserweight belt yet.
I'm looking into the future with the young Londoner and believe he will be around for many years to come. Within two years he'll be recognised as the best cruiserweight and within four he can be a heavyweight champion as well.
I've watched him sparring up close. He used to come down to the gym and spar with Joe Joyce and if those sessions are anything to go by then I have no doubt he's a future two-weight world champion.
Right fight at the right time
Lawrence Okolie takes on a big task in fighting an unbeaten opponent with 20 fights but, for me, the higher the calibre of opposition, the better he performs. Putting him in the ring with someone who isn't really trying to win makes it very difficult for him to showcase his talents.
When stepped up in level that's when he'll really show his quality. Fighting someone 20-0-0 is exactly what he needs at the minute. I believe he is the best in the world and if I'm right, fighting an opponent like Yves Ngabu shouldn't present any problems.
Yves is a tough, come forward fighter who is very durable. He's also a big puncher, knocking out 14 of his previous opponents, but Lawrence Okolie is the truth. He will prove exactly how good he is here. I envisage a late stoppage. He'll bust this guy up during the first eight or nine rounds and stop him in round 10 or 11.