The World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua, and the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, have congratulated Lawrence Okolie, who won the World Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title.
Their congratulatory messages were contained in a series of tweets after the fight, which saw Lawrence Okolie knock out Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki at Wembley Arena on Saturday.
Dabiri-Erewa tweeted, “Congrats to Lawrence Okolie @Lawrence_tko who perfectly knocked out Krzysztof Glowacki to become WBO world cruiserweight champion.”
“Congrats family’, Anthony Joshua tweeted with a fisted hand.
Victory meant the 28-year-old Londoner became the first male member of Britain’s 2016 Olympic squad to claim a professional world title, with Okolie unbeaten since joining the paid ranks.
He cut Okolie above the eye in the fourth round before a left jab in the first minute of the sixth set up powerful right hand that crumpled the respected Glowacki to the canvas.
The Pole’s only previous defeats in 33 professional bouts had come against the world-class duo of Oleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis.
But Okolie still managed to record his 13th knockout in 16 professional fights.
Afterwards, he paid tribute to trainer Shane McGuigan, the son of former featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan.