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The Hackney cruiserweight turned pro with Joshua after the Rio Olympics, blasted out his first four opponents inside a round and steps up to fight Isaac Chamberlain in a grudge fight at the O2 Arena on Saturday, February 3.

“I’ve got underrated skills,” said Okolie.

“I know I can box, but when I have those small gloves on, I want to go in there and get them before they get me.

“That’s how fighters like Thomas Hearns and Evander Holyfield used to fight.

“They used to go out there and fight with their heart on their sleeves.

“They always went for the knockout – and that’s me.

“I might get knocked out myself, who knows? But that’s the way I fight.”

Okolie believes his get-them-before-they-get-me attitude can help him become the best cruiserweight to ever come out of Britain and like Holyfield did, he says a move up to heavyweight is possible.

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