Lawrence Okolie has vowed to spoil Chris Billam-Smith’s fairy story by beating him in a world title battle in entrance of his house followers at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium subsequent month.
Okolie, the WBO cruiserweight champion, is unbeaten in 19 skilled fights, successful 14 by knockout, with Billam-Smith’s coach Shane McGuigan even labelling him “one of the best cruiserweight on the planet proper now”.
A former coaching associate of Billam-Smith’s from McGuigan’s gymnasium, Okolie is now working below new coach SugarHill Steward and has promised to “stamp out” Billam-Smith’s dream homecoming.
“Whatever you wish to say about it, I have never come near dropping a battle ever,” Okolie informed Sky Sports.
“This one, nonetheless, is a really completely different vitality. I do know what Chris is like.
“I understand how Chris trains. He is a tough coach, he’s devoted and, on the day, he’s going to return and put all of it on the road.
“It’s a childhood dream of his and I’m not into fairy tales for different individuals. I’m into my very own fairy story, to stamp out his dream.
“Respectfully, I’m right here to spoil the occasion.”
Okolie: I’ve obtained some extent to show on this battle
Okolie is anticipating a hostile reception from the the partisan house crowd for the Bournemouth bout, however insists he’ll “get pleasure from each second”.
“Chris goes to stroll out first and the group goes to cheer and all be sporting black and pink,” Okolie mentioned. “They are going to play the music of the Bournemouth membership. The environment goes to be wonderful.
“I’m going to stroll out subsequent, prone to boos: ‘We hope Chris knocks you out, you suck, no matter it’s.’
“I’m going to play my ring music, I’m going to get pleasure from each second as a result of within the good and the dangerous you need to get pleasure from each step of this journey. It’s a brief profession.
“Then the bell goes to go and I’m going to indicate everybody. I’ve obtained some extent to show on this battle.”
Billam-Smith has predicted a knockout win over Okolie for when the pair meet subsequent month, however once more the world champion is taking all of it in his stride.
“He’s attempting to be practical with himself,” Okolie mentioned.
“He’s not going to beat me on a 12-round choice as a result of I’m very athletic, I’m very match and I’m not going to lose rounds once you watch my fights.
“So for him to win he’ll have to essentially get the pictures off to attempt to get the KO.
“He’s not going to foretell the 12-round choice so I anticipate that.”