(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Britain’s new cruiserweight king Lawrence Okolie will not let promoter Eddie Hearn squirm out of a promise he made to reward his first world title with a new £40,000 Rolex.
Okolie became only this country’s seventh world champion at 14st 4lbs with a punch-perfect destruction of Krzysztof Glowacki on Saturday night.
During the WBO title fight the 28-year-old was unable to stop thinking about Hearn’s vow to buy him a gold Sky Dweller watch if he won.
And on Monday Okolie smiled: ‘I’ve done my research… this is not a joke to me. This is a matter of honour.
‘This is a matter for all the Olympians that are going to turn professional, all of the young pros coming up, you want to be able to trust your promoter.
‘You want to know that he says something and it ends up happening. The same way I said I’m going to train my hardest and do everything I can to become a world champion, I held up my end of the bargain, I did that.
‘So now it’s up to Eddie to do the same. But we spoke yesterday he said he’s going to 100 per cent sort it. He wasn’t happy about it but he’s going to do it anyway.’
The new piece of jewellery around Okolie’s waist, meanwhile, will unlock more big fights and even potential immortality.