Eddie Hearn hits back at WBO champion Lawrence Okolie

‘I will never let someone take the p***’: Eddie Hearn says ‘everything was positive’ with Lawrence Okolie but blames the fighter ‘hanging around people who have no idea’ on the breakdown in their relationship

  • Eddie Hearn hit back at comments made by his fighter Lawrence Okolie
  • Matchroom Boxing head insisted he would ‘never let someone take the p***’
  • Okolie made cryptic comments on social media believed to be about Hearn
  • WBO Cruiserweight Champion signed with Matchroom in 2017 for his pro debut

Eddie Hearn has hit out at Lawrence Okolie and blamed the WBO Cruiserweight Champion for the breakdown in their relationship.

The famously outspoken Matchroom Boxing promoter took umbrage with comments made by his fighter over social media, and claimed Okolie is ‘hanging around people who have no idea.’

‘Everything was positive until he started hanging around people who have no idea.’ Hearn told iFL TV.

Eddie Hearn has hit back at Lawrence Okolie and blamed the fighters entourage on the breakdown in their relationship

Okolie posted a cryptic tweet earlier this month which is believed to be aimed at Hearn

‘The last thing we ever wanna do is go to court with a fighter, but I will never let someone take the p*** out of the loyalty/job we’ve delivered for them.’ 

Okolie caused controversy earlier this month by making several comments on social media that were perceived to be aimed at Hearn, who had served as the 29-year-old’s promoter since his professional debut in 2019.

Writing on Twitter, Okolie explained: ‘Can’t lie this year was turning me of boxing. Dirty, lying, narcissistic individuals who ‘run’ the sport. How I feel right now… reminds me that that’s a selfish outlook, our fights mean so much more to so many more people than ourselves.’

The WBO Cruiserweight Champion signed with Hearn in 2017 ahead of his professional debut

Okolie last fought in February, retaining his WBO title with a win over Michal Cieslak in London

Following Okolie’s comments a fan replied claiming that all the undefeated professional does is ‘moan’ and that he should focus on his career inside the ring.

Okolie responded cryptically, explaining that he will his side of the story in more detail at some point in the future.

‘I’ve seen 100s of fighters come and go, lose and pushed to the back or out. When it’s time for me to speak I will and I’m sure you’ll have a very different outlook.’

The former Team GB star last fought in February, when he won a unanimous decision against Michal Cieslak to retain his WBO belt for the second time. 




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