Unbeaten British and Commonwealth cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie (10-0) is eager to test himself against former world champion Denis Lebedev “sooner rather than later.”
Okolie, 26-years-old, will return to the ring against an opponent to be determined on February 2 at The O2 in London.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes Okolie, has mentioned Lebedev, a former WBA and IBF world champion, as a potential opponent.
While Lebedev is 39-years-old, he is still very dangerous and possesses a lot of knockout power in both hands.
“Yeah, 100 percent, that’s a fight I would take, sooner rather than later,” Okolie told Sky Sports.
“As soon as you get to the top 10 fighters in the world, they’re all going to be good. I don’t really over think it any more. I just train, get myself in shape, and just try and learn from every fight. With just how I am naturally, I can get away with a lot of stuff, but as you climb up the levels, you need to add skill, you need to set people up. You need to hide your power.”
After gaining several impressive wins on the domestic scene, Okolie is now looking to test himself further against much stiffer competition.
“I will show a little bit more of myself. I’ve been boxing a bit safe, within myself,” said Okolie.
“Safe in the sense that I know I’m a big, strong guy, with power. I just rely on that, because it’s safe. Where now, I’m going to show a bit more skill I believe, a bit more relaxation. I think I’m past the stage of caring now about [being] undefeated.
“As much as I’ve shown with the people I’ve fought, I’ve been too much thinking ‘what are people going to say, if I take the risk and lose?’ But now I actually just don’t care anymore, I’m just going to go out there and have fun.”