Sat. Mar 25th, 2023

Lawrence Okolie has revealed that he provoked cruiserweight rival Richard Riakporhe eventually week’s Creed III premiere in London.

Reigning WBO cruiserweight champion Okolie 18-0 (14 KOs), makes a 3rd defence of his belt in opposition to New Zealander David Gentle on March 25 in Manchester, with Riakporhe in line to get a shot at his home rival ought to he come via subsequent month’s bout.

Riakporhe 16-0 (12 KOs) defeated Krzysztof Glowacki within the fourth spherical of their contest on the Eubank Jr-Smith undercard in Manchester final month.

Okolie and Riakporhe had been filmed being pulled aside by bystanders after attempting to get to 1 one other on the movie premiere with the Riakporhe saying he felt “disrespected” that Okolie got here into his area.

Okolie has now given his model of occasions about what precisely began the altercation on the Toe2Toe podcast.

Requested whether or not he tried to gatecrash Riakporhe’s non-public dialog and provoke him on the premiere, he stated: “To be trustworthy, sure! I noticed him enter into the place and it is not like I hate him.

“I walked as much as him and stated ‘hey mate, you alright?’ He was form of shocked that I walked as much as him.

“I stated ‘you been calling me out, now I am right here, reside within the flesh so do you wish to do that?’ He was like ‘yeah, I’ve been calling you out however now I am right here’ and I may see him actually like getting pumped up.

“I used to be considering, what’s flawed with this man? ‘Chill out brother and have a dialog’. Then he noticed pink, he pushed me, and it became a complete ruckus.

“I did not stroll as much as him with the thought of getting a battle. I walked as much as him to egg him on a bit and say ‘let’s make it occur’. It became what it became.”

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