Lawrence Okolie moves one step closer to cruiserweight unification after lightening Dilan Prasovic as Campbell Hatton scrapes past Sonni Martinez with a generous win over Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk undercard
- Lawrence Okolie came one step closer to cruiserweight unification on Saturday
- The Hackney-born champion defeated Dilan Prasovic in the third round
- Okolie, 28, has ambitions to unify the division in the next 18 months
- Elsewhere, Campbell Hatton was lucky enough to score a points win at Tottenham
With heavy support and heavier fists, Lawrence Okolie continued his climb to a cruiserweight unification fight with a thumping victory over Dilan Prasovic on Saturday night.
As the main mainstay of the clash with Oleksandr Usyk and his manager, Anthony Joshua, Okolie crushed the Montenegrin within three rounds in his first defense of the WBO world title.
Okolie dropped his mandatory challenger with a pair of right hands in the second before finishing him off with a left to the body in the third.
Lawrence Okolie came one step closer to uniting the division after beating Dilan Prasovic
By progressing to 17-0, and with a 14th win within the range on his record, there is a growing appetite to see him rise to a fascinating engagement with Mairis Briedis, the IBF champion. Whether he is ready for a test of that scale remains to be seen, and few clues to that end could be gleaned from this victory over an undefeated but limited opponent. He proved his power, but that much was already known.
Meanwhile, Campbell Hatton got the benefit of a generous decision over Sonni Martinez, a late substitute from Uruguay with a record four defeats in six. In what was supposed to be a simple test, Hatton was only able to improve his unbeaten record to a fourth win via the dubious score of the referee, Marcus McDonnell, who called it 58-57 in favor of the 20-year-old.
The 28-year-old has high ambitions to win all titles after winning via third-round knockout
Previously, Campbell Hatton was lucky enough to win his first ever six-rounder on points at Tottenham
Open defensively from the first bell, Hatton swallowed numerous uppercuts into the six-rounder and the announcement of his win was booed by significant elements of the crowd. There should now be a consideration among his team to continue his development as a novice lightweight on lower profile maps with less pressure.
Earlier, Lenin Castillo was carried out of the ring on a stretcher after being stopped by former world super-middleweight champion Callum Smith. In disturbing scenes, the Dominican Republic fighter was convulsed to the canvas after a big right hand to the jaw in the second round from Smith, who was making his light-heavyweight debut.
Eddie Hearn confirmed 20 minutes after the incident that Castillo was “responsive” and on his way to hospital.