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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Cruiserweight dust-up at the O2 could go the distance

Okolie and Chamberlain put undefeated records on the line

Isaac Chamberlain (right) in action against Ryan Crawford
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Lawrence Okolie's cruiserweight dust-up with Isaac Chamberlain headlines the card at the O2 and you can expect a close-fought battle. 

It's an intriguing contest, not least because both fighters are putting undefeated records on the line, but also because it's fairly unusual that two talented prospects are clashing so early in their careers. 

Okolie has had just seven professional fights and has yet to go beyond three rounds, and while knocking out six of those opponents in such quick fashion is impressive, this is a major step up in class for the Hackney puncher. 

The same can be said of Chamberlain - the Brixton man has had just nine fights, all against fairly limited opponents. This is new territory for the Londoner and while Okolie's experience of boxing at the Rio Olympics as an amateur may help him deal with the occasion, it's not hard to envisage a cagey contest, particularly when you consider the pressure added by the outspoken words of the fighters in the build-up to this bout.

Okolie is a 4-7 shot and probably the more likely winner, but he looked far from the finished article, despite stopping the limited Antonio Sousa in the second round last time out, and there looks little juice in that price. Sky Bet's offer of 11-10 that the fight goes the full ten rounds looks more generous. 

Ted Cheeseman is 4-9 to claim the vacant WBA International super welterweight title against Carson Jones. The Big Cheese is a relentless worker and a points victory for the Bermondsey banger looks the most likely outcome. 

L Okolie v I Chamberlain to go the distance
1pt 11-10 Sky Bet

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