Cruiserweight boxer Lawrence Okolie has beaten rival Isaac Chamberlain in what pundits are calling the ‘biggest win of his short career’.
Olympian Okolie, who follows a plant-based diet, knocked Chamberlain twice during the match at London’s O2 Arena – in rounds one and six.
Okolie’s manager Anthony Joshua described the bout, which Okolie dominated throughout, as ‘lacking finesse’, while others called it ‘untidy’.
Before the fight, Okolie denied his plant-based diet would have any negative impact on his chances.
He told ESPN: “I’ve not eaten meat in a year, I still eat the odd bit of chocolate though – I can’t cut that out, it’s my weakness.
“I’ve enjoyed meat but I wanted to give being vegan a go. “
He added: “It happened recently after I turned professional and I’ve been in charge of my own nutrition.
“The fatigue I felt when I ate meat was big and I only miss it when it comes to Christmas.
“I’ve not eaten meat for a while now, throughout my pro career, and I’ve still been able to knock people out so I’m not missing anything from it.”
After the fight, he said: “Isaac [Chamberlain] is a good fighter and tested me in a different way.
“It’s good as a benchmark. I have nothing but respect for him for his mental fortitude.
“I said in the build-up that he would find it hard to work up close with someone as strong as me.”