LAWRENCE OKOLIE remains close with mentor Anthony Joshua but has set fire to his relationship with Eddie Hearn.
The 30-year-old WBO cruiserweight champion of the world has undergone a drastic overhaul of his career, parting with AJ’s 258 management team, the DAZN streaming app AJ fronts and Hearn’s Matchroom promotional stable.
Lawrence Okolie has claimed that Eddie Hearn does not understand everything about boxing
As the boxing promoter has never stepped inside of the ring
Okolie only took up boxing after watching 33-year-old Joshua win the 2012 London Olympics, while working a shift in McDonalds. And he seemed close to Hearn after he guided him to a world title win in 2021.
But, ahead of Saturday’s comeback bout against David Light after a year out settling these business disputes, Okolie explains his admiration remains for AJ but the same cannot be said of Hearn.
The 18-0 Hackney ace said: “As people, me and Joshua are still friendly.
“He’s someone that no matter what happens going forwards, I’m always going to have respect for.
“My life has changed through his life if that makes sense. That’s something I’ll never take away from. Business is business. It is what it is.
“AJ is a fighter who understands certain things not like someone like Eddie – who has never been in a ring – will understand.”
Okolie and fellow 2016 Olympian Joshua Buatsi have almost identical stories, coming from London, starring as amateurs, signing with AJ and Hearn and both recently leaving for Sky Sports, with plenty of bad blood.
The always reserved and respectful Buatsi, 30, also parted on spikey terms, accusing Hearn of being deliberately misleading about his career.
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And Okolie goes deeper, suggesting the way Hearn handles his fighters and the truth will have a negative effect on future generations of British fighters.
“It’s not just about me and Buatsi,” he said. “If stuff keeps going the way it’s going then it will keep happening.
“I think what people need to understand is it is not about us.
“I’ve only got a few years in the ring left, god willing, then you have all the up-and-comers.
“We went to a boxing gym on Wednesday, full of kids and we don’t know which one of them kids is going to be the next champion.
“They’re looking and wondering: ‘Why is Lawrence saying this, why is Buatsi saying this and why is the next person saying this?’
“It’s just about helping the next ones that are coming through. That’s what we have to focus on.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the seven punches in boxing
The seven punches used in boxing include the jab (cross), hook, uppercut; straight right; left hook; and body shot. These punches attack the opponent’s head or body.
How can I practice boxing without a partner?
If you are looking to box with a partner but don’t want to train, you can just watch the professional boxing matches on TV. You could also look for an amateur boxing club in your area. Regular training sessions are a common feature of amateur boxing clubs. These sessions often involve sparring partners who hit the pads together.
You can also practice boxing using punching bags. Just make sure that you’re wearing protective gear such as boxing gloves before hitting the bag.
How to throw a jab
You can throw a jab by following this easy step-by–step guide.
- Step forward with both feet.
- Lift your arm up above your shoulder.
- Bring your fist down towards your target.
- After hitting your target, swing your arm backwards.
- Steps 1 through 4 can be repeated.
How long does it take to become a professional boxer?
Professional boxing requires dedication and years of hardwork. Training is essential if you are to become a professional boxer.
How do you practice boxing punches?
A punching bag can be used to practice boxing punches. Once you feel comfortable with the technique, you can punch the bag. Then you move onto another part of your body. Once you feel at ease with one area you will move on.
- It is just like normal sparring with a partner, but you want to throw punches at 75% of your normal speed. (wikihow.com)
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How to Learn to Box for Exercise
Boxing is a sport that improves self confidence and physical fitness. Boxing is the most well-known sport in the world. It involves strength, speed and agility.
Boxing is a great way of getting fit and feeling good about yourself. You will find that the activity is enjoyable and you want to continue doing it.
There are many options for boxing training. Some take place at gyms or health clubs while others require you to train at home. Online courses allow you to learn from anywhere in the globe.
Be sure to consider your goals when choosing a program. Also, ensure it fits your lifestyle. The best programs are those that focus on building muscle mass, increasing flexibility, improving cardiovascular endurance, and improving overall well-being.
You should also consider whether you prefer a beginner’s course or a more advanced one. Basic techniques and drills are taught in beginner’s programs. These include shadowboxing and sparring, mittwork, and punching combinations. Advanced programs offer more variety and more complex movements.
Beginners’ programs generally last around eight weeks and cost less than $100. However, they don’t provide any guidance on nutrition, weight loss, injury prevention, or other aspects of boxing training.
Advanced programs usually last for six months and are around $300. They can include nutrition advice, stretching routines, warm up exercises, and instructions on proper technique. Some programs include resistance training such as lifting weights and aerobic conditioning such as running.