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Matty Askin vs Lawrence Okolie report
Who won Askin vs Okolie?
Lawrence Okolie beat Matty Askin by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 22nd September 2018 at Wembley Stadium in London.
The scorecards were announced as 110-116, 112-114, 113-114 in favor of winner Lawrence Okolie.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which meant the weight limit was 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Anthony Joshua beating Alexander Povetkin for the IBF World Heavyweight, WBA Super World Heavyweight and WBO World Heavyweight championship. Also, on the undercard Luke Campbell defeated Yvan Mendy and Sergey Kuzmin was victorious over David Price.
Askin vs Okolie stats
Matty Askin stepped into the ring with a record of 23 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Lawrence Okolie made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 9 wins and 0 draws, with 7 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Okolie had advantage in power over Askin, with a 78% knock out percentage over Askin's 65%.
Matty Askin was the older man by 4 years, at 34 years old.
Okolie had a height advantage of 1 inch over Askin. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Both Matty Askin & Lawrence Okolie fought out of an orthodox stance.
Askin was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 18 more fights, and made his debut in 2008, 8 years and 4 months earlier than Okolie, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 41 more professional rounds, 149 to Okolie's 108.
Matty Askin went into the fight ranked number 15 by the WBC and 12 by the WBO at cruiserweight.
Lawrence Okolie was ranked number 15 by the WBA in the 200lb division.
Askin vs Okolie form
Askin had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Stephen Simmons on 17th March 2018 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their BBBOC British Cruiserweight championship fight at York Hall, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Craig Kennedy on 26th May 2017 by knockout in the 6th round in their BBBOC British Cruiserweight championship fight at Motorpoint Arena, Wales.
Going into that contest, he had beat Tommy McCarthy on 19th November 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Road, Manchester.
Before that, he had won against Tommy McCarthy on 19th November 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Road, Lancashire.
He had beat Simon Barclay on 12th March 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Okolie had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Michal Cieslak on 27th February 2022 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Dilan Prasovic on 25th September 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Going into that contest, he had won against Krzysztof Glowacki on 20th March 2021 by knockout in the 6th round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London.
Before that, he had defeated Nikodem Jezewski on 12th December 2020 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Wembley Arena, London.
He had beat Yves Ngabu on 26th October 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at O2 Arena, London.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Lawrence Okolie had been fighting more than Matty Askin.
Going to this contest, Matty Askin had last fought 5 years, 2 months and 25 days ago, while Lawrence Okolie's last outing had been 1 year, 3 months and 15 days ago.
Askin's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years, 2 months and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 5 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 34 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.8 rounds on average.
Okolie's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6 rounds on average.
What time did Askin vs Okolie start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 7:30 PM BST at Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom, which was 2:30 PM EST or 11:30 AM PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Askin vs Okolie?
Askin vs Okolie was broadcast on Sky Box Office HD in the UK, while the fight was broadcast in the United States by DAZN.
What were the odds on Askin vs Okolie?
Matty Askin was a 12/5 (+240) underdog going into the contest, while Lawrence Okolie made his way into the ring at 33/100 (-300) with oddsmakers.
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