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Lawrence Okolie wins in 20 seconds on professional debut 

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Former UEL student delivers super-fast knockout blow at Manchester Arena

Former University of East London (UEL) student Lawrence Okolie made a brilliant professional boxing debut by knocking out his opponent after just 20 seconds of the first round.

Okolie's power was too much for opponent Geoffrey Cave, who was stunned by a quick punch combination before being floored by a strong right hand.

Cruiserweight Okolie, who fought for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics, had to stay focused ahead of his debut at the Manchester Arena after his scheduled fight time was delayed.

But the 24-year-old, who signed professional terms with Matchroom in January, was calm and calculated in an impressive start to life in the paid ranks.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Okolie said the delay was just part of his boxing education as he adjusts to life as a professional.

“I learned that in the pros it’s not always scheduled, so you have to be warm and mentally switched on for it. It was good in terms of a learning experience.

“I remember catching him [Cave] with a right hand and seeing that he was hurt and I wasn’t sure if he was going down or not so I followed up with another right hand and he went down.”

Okolie’s fans may not have to wait long to see him in action again as he is hoping to feature on the Ricky Burns v Julius Indongo card in Glasgow on April 15. 

He said, “I want to be out as soon as possible, as many times as possible, because it’s about learning at this stage and going for it.”