Shane McGuigan discusses next possible opponents for Lawrence Okolie and Daniel Dubois
Lawrence Okolie is unlikely to get his wish of adding a second world title to his collection this year with WBC champion Ilunga Makabu pricing himself out of a fight.
The Hackney fighter is on a mission to unify the cruiserweight division before following in the footsteps of Evander Holyfield and David Haye by becoming world champion at heavyweight.
Okolie knocked out Krzysztof Glowacki to win his WBO title in March before swatting aside mandatory challenger Dilan Prasovic in September. It had been hoped a contest against one of the divisions other world champions could be booked in before the end of the year but those hopes could be fading.
IBF champion Mairis Briedis is set to defend his belt against Artur Mann in Latvia this weekend with WBA champion Arsen Goulamirian likely to take on Alexei Egorov in a bout that is currently in the works for November.
With Makabu currently asking for ‘silly money’, Okolie’s trainer Shane McGuigan is eager to line up unification fights potentially starting with Goulamirian in February – adding there is no temptation to make the step to heavyweight until his current division has been cleared out.
‘Lawrence does everything in double quick time and we need to really push him on now,’ McGuigan told Metro.co.uk.
‘We want to make the Ilunga Makabu fight but he is asking for silly money, he knows he is going to get beaten and I think he knows this could be one of his last opportunities to get a big pay day. That is kind of ruling that one out for the time being.
‘Arsen Goulamirian, it looks like he’s facing Alexei Egorov before end of the year so we could look to have the unification for the WBA before the end of February. Briedis is boxing soon so he won’t be ready to go before the end of the year but if we can get unification early next year then…
Source : metro