Lawrence Okolie Says His Mom Will Disown Him if He Fights Anthony Joshua

Published 03/23/2021, 9:59 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: Lawrence Okolie celebrates beating Antonio Sousa in there Cruiserweight Contest at York Hall on December 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua ranks among the most followed heavyweights in the world. Over the course of his extensive run, Joshua has established himself as the face of the big men’s division. He has a cosmic fan following, spread across vast boundaries. Moreover, with his unparalleled skill sets and aura, ‘AJ’ has inspired a generation of boxers.

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Lawrence Okolie, the WBO cruiserweight champion, is himself a fan of Joshua. Not only that, but Okolie’s mother is also a hardcore Anthony Joshua fan.

Recently, the ‘Sauce’ was in a chat with iFL TV where he unveiled a surprising statement on why his mother will disown him if he fights ‘AJ’.

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My Mom, I believe she’ll disown me if I even uttered the words me versus ‘AJ’ right now. She loves him so much and even me as a person I feel like one thing that’s important to me,” said Okolie

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Anthony Joshua trains during a media workout on October 17, 2017 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Okolie affirmed that he’ll never call Joshua out for a fight. He believes if ‘AJ’ calls him out instead, then he’ll unquestionably lace up the boxing gloves to fight him. But until then, he’ll box else in line if he ever moves up to the heavyweight roster.

Lawrence Okolie is an undefeated prospect at the cruiserweight division. He’s a highly skilled force in the sport who has battered every opponent to the pulp. With a clean track record of 16-0, the ‘Sauce’ wishes to trace the legendary path like Anthony Joshua.

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Anthony Joshua – the bigwig heavyweight

In just a brief span of time, the 31-year-old has already proved his mettle in the most competitive weight class. With his crushing power and exuberant ring IQ, Anthony Joshua has charted his path to the top. He still has a vast career lying ahead of him, but the Brit has put himself on the legendary status already.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

‘AJ’ is the unified king of the heavyweight division, looking inquisitive to become the undisputed king.

He wants to vanquish any and everyone from his path to become the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. Just like Lawrence Okolie, there are countless pugilists who’re inspired by Joshua and may get disowned if they touch gloves with him. Joshua certainly has found a unique way to put potential challengers in a tight spot.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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