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Lawrence Okolie Basic Information
|Stage Name:||The Sauce|
|Real Name:||Lawrence Ikechukwu Okolie|
|Occupation:||Professional Boxer and Author|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||16 December 1992 (30 Years Old)|
|Place of Birth:||Hackney, London|
|Marital Status:||In a Relationship|
|Net Worth:||$5.5 Million|
Lawrence Okolie Biography
On December 16, 1992, in Hackney, London, England, Lawrence was born to Igbo parents. In Stoke Newington School, Lawrence Okolie pursued his education. Lawrence started boxing as a youngster to lose weight because he was “clinically obese” then. However, Lawrence soon learned how skilled a boxer he could be.
To focus on his boxing while taking a course in psychosocial studies to become a social worker, he enrolled at UEL in the high-performance sports scholarship program in 2014. Lawrence Okolie’s ascent to the top, from working at McDonald’s at 19 to winning his first professional championship at 25, was meteoric.
He is known as one of Anthony Joshua’s proteges and is forthright in assessing AJ’s importance in advancing his professional boxing career.
He is said to weigh around 91 kg.
Since 2021, the British professional boxer has held the WBO cruiserweight championship. He held the British and European cruiserweight titles individually in 2019 and the Commonwealth cruiserweight title at the regional level from 2018 to 2019. He started 10-0 after winning his first ten battles in the ring.
Okolie is renowned for his powerful punches, long reach, and precise jab. He is ranked third by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and BoxRec as of July 2022 and second best active cruiserweight worldwide by The Ring magazine.
He officially identifies as British/Briton like Anthony Joshua and recognizes his Nigerian roots, as his parents have Igbo ancestry.
About his parents, not much is known in public. Although they now formally identify as Britons, they are initially from Anambra State and are of Nigerian descent. They are contributing members of society who have immigrated from Nigeria to the UK, and Mr. Okolie is reportedly a businessman who lives in London.
Lawrence Okolie has not revealed much about his siblings, whether or not he has brothers or sisters.
Okolie declared his decision to compete as a professional on January 18, 2017, and he signed with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport to participate in the cruiserweight class.
On March 25, 2017, he engaged in his first professional fight at the Manchester Arena. It was on the undercard of the lightweight world championship match between Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla. His opponent was 33-year-old Geoffrey Cave, who had a record of no wins and two losses. During 20 seconds of combat, Okolie defeated Cave with two right punches to the head. The bout was promptly interrupted by the referee. The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, hosted his subsequent contest on April 15 as the co-main event for the world super lightweight championship clash between Ricky Burns and Julius Indongo. Lukasz Rusiewicz, 35, was the opponent. On his way to a first-round stoppage, Okolie twice knocked Rusiewicz to the ground. The backup took place in 2 minutes and 36 seconds.
For the first bout in his career, Okolie battled Blaise Mendouo across six rounds. According to the referee’s scorecard, he won 59-54 but lost one round. Okolie was also taken past the first round for the first time in his professional career.
At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, he competed as a heavyweight for Team GB. He advanced to the Round of 16, where he lost to eventual bronze medallist Erislandy Savón of Cuba after defeating Igor Pawel Jakubowski of Poland on points.
The Commonwealth cruiserweight champion, Luke Watkins (13-0, 9 KOs), challenged Okolie to a matchup on April 16, 2018. The Swindon Advertiser reported nine days later that Okolie’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, had approved the fight’s scheduling. On April 26, an agreement was reached, setting the battle for June 6 at London’s York Hall. Okolie twice knocked down Watkins en route to a third-round knockout victory. At 1 minute and 40 seconds into the round, referee Michael Alexander called time on the fight. Wadi Camacho (20-7, 12 KOs), the Commonwealth mandatory challenger, would probably be Okolie’s only title defense before moving on to the British and European belts, according to Hearn after the fight.
He defeated Dilan Prasovic in the third round in September 2018 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to keep his WBO cruiserweight title. He had won 14 of his professional fights by knockout. On October 26, 2019, Okolie squared off against Yves Ngabu, a cruiserweight ranked #9 by the IBF, #12 by the WBO, and #13 by the WBA. TKO, in the seventh round, gave the victory to Okolie.
Still the WBO world champion, Lawrence Okolie is undoubtedly the most formidable opponent to overcome in the cruiserweight division. The British fighter defeated David Light throughout 12 rounds at the AO Arena in Manchester after an absence of more than a year and the hiring of a new trainer in SugarHill Steward.
In addition to holding the British and European CrusierWeight titles individually in 2019, Lawrence Okolie held the Commonwealth CrusierWeight title from 2018 to 2019.
On January 7, 2022, it was announced that on February 27, 2022, Okolie would defend his second WBO championship against Micha Cielak, the organization’s third-ranked cruiserweight contender at the time. Cielak was listed as the 9/2 underdog by bookmakers, while Okolie was the 1/9 favorite to keep the title. With scores of 117-110, 116-111, and 115-112 in his favor, Okolie successfully defended his world championship in a brutal fight that included a lot of grappling and bunny punches.
Beyond sports, he also explored his musical side by releasing his debut single, TKO, during the Covid-19 pandemic. He also has a successful writing career. Millions of copies of his book, “Dare To Change Your Life,” have been sold globally, and it has gotten rave reviews from numerous well-known international media. Within the book, he also discusses how inspirational and influential his role model Anthony Joshua has been to him.
He is well-known as a vegan who avoids eating meat and occasionally consumes non-vegan ice cream and chocolate. He has a solid social media following, with over 190k Instagram followers. The University of East London (UEL) honored him with an Honorary Doctorate of Sport to recognize his accomplishments inside and outside the ring.
Lawrence Okolie is currently dating Ms. Banks, his girlfriend. He has not yet married and has no biological children, either. Rapper, singer, and composer Thyra Kigho Deshaun Oji, better known by her stage name Ms. Banks, comes from Camberwell in London but also has Nigerian ancestry.
Lawrence Okolie’s net worth is estimated at around $5.5 Million.
Lawrence, who has a taste for luxury, has a collection of high-end, expensive cars in his garage. Amongst them includes a Range-Rover Sport, a Mercedes Benz S-Class, etc.
It is believed that Lawrence Okolie purchased a magnificent property in London.