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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’.

Plant-based

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. “

Nutrition

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.”

‘Tested’

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.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.