Lawrence Okolie

Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by BXNG101, Jul 8, 2022.

  1. Bob Flaps

    Bob Flaps Active Member Full Member

    Mar 30, 2019
    Please don't take this as an "I don't believe you" reply - would you care to tell one of the stories, without naming a particular boxer?
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  2. Astro

    Astro Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 29, 2021
    Yes, of course.

    A few years ago, there was an up and coming UK boxer who entered into an agreement with a promoter that he would be paid in proportion to how many tickets he sold, so he went out into the streets and put up posters and made a lot of PR work before the fight. The family also helped along with friends and acquaintances. They managed to sell a total of approx. 3000 tickets, but when he was to be paid after the fight, he was told by the promoter that he had only sold approx. 1000 tickets and it was unfortunately not enough for it to be financially sustainable. It ended with the boxer not getting any payment after a huge amount of work.

    I know of cases where the home boxer has been equipped with very thin fine gloves, while the away boxer's gloves were thick and padded.

    If you want more examples, just ask. The list is endless.
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  3. anjawnaymiz

    anjawnaymiz That new gorilla tape, is it silver backed? Full Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    What do we reckon? Does okolie try and fight opetaia and makabu for the other titles or does he move up to heavyweight instead next?
  4. Safin

    Safin Boxing Addict banned Full Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    It is a business decision. From a fan perspective I think he would beat both handily. Makabu's WBC reign has been a farce and he wasn't very good against Bellew, was he? How he's ended up holding the WBC belt at 35 or 36 is quite something.
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  5. Bob Flaps

    Bob Flaps Active Member Full Member

    Mar 30, 2019
    Very good, thank you - and at the same time, these stories are sadly both ridiculous and predictable.

    So in the first example, the boxer himself sold 3,000 tickets but got paid zilch?

    I could give you stories in reverse about football clubs - where the club had 1,000 fans through the gate at £10 each. After the game some mystery character dumped Tesco bags of used notes on the boardroom table, said "there's today's gate money" and it was over £50,000 when counted out. Other clubs at the top level in Scotland where the gate money went on the boardroom table and got dipped into before the club saw any of it.

    Sport is rotten eh?
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  6. kojak

    kojak Well-Known Member Full Member

    Apr 22, 2012
    I guess it depends on how he is at the weight. Surely he has a great chance to unify given the belt holders, undisputed even?
  7. EJC83

    EJC83 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    There's no decent fights to be had at Cruiser, nobody cares enough about that division at the moment because there's no stars in it anymore or at least names that sell tickets or people have interest in. If he quickly got fights sorted to unify the division within a year then go for it and then move up but that won't happen so he's best to move up rather than waste a couple of years and then beat a load of Molina types before an all British clash with someone, there's enough British heavyweights around at the moment.
  8. Murderers' Row

    Murderers' Row Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 23, 2020
  9. Quickeyg

    Quickeyg Hit Em up Full Member

    Sep 13, 2018
    Word is Okolie has finally left Matchroom.
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  10. Astro

    Astro Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 29, 2021
    It is correct. The boxer got nothing. The promoter took all the money.

    Also know of a case where a UK Promoter told a boxer that if he took a fight for a low purse then he would receive an envelope with a large sum of black money. After the fight, the promoter did not think the boxer had done well enough, so the boxer was not given an envelope with the black money.

    Yes, the boxing industry / sports business is unfortunately rotten.
  11. UmarIFLUmar

    UmarIFLUmar Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 8, 2021
  12. aaaaa

    aaaaa Ash banned Full Member

    Dec 19, 2020
    Shane McGuigan has said he doesn't know if he's training Okolie anymore as he's fooked off to live in Dubai.
  13. Plaistow

    Plaistow Member Full Member

    Jul 20, 2019
    So he’s now dropped out Matchroom, 258 & McGuigan, but everyone else is the problem yeah…
  14. TBC-ASAP

    TBC-ASAP Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Sep 7, 2017
    What is Okolie's gripe with all of this?
  15. Safin

    Safin Boxing Addict banned Full Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    Got to stick up for Matchroom and, of course, Joshua, at all costs, eh @Brixton Bomber @BEATDOWNZ @Pezee
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