Watkins vs Okolie: British champion Matty Askin vows to KO Lawrence Okolie if he beats Luke Watkins

Matty Askin has vowed to flatten Lawrence Okolie and hopes his British rival stays on course for a domestic battle by defeating Luke Watkins.

Okolie challenges Watkins for the Commonwealth belt at York Hall on Wednesday night, live on Sky Sports, and British champion Askin is willing to face the winner.

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The Blackpool man believes Okolie would bring a higher profile and a tougher challenge, although he promised to inflict a crushing defeat on the former Team GB fighter.

“He would be flat on his back,” said Askin, who stopped Stephen Simmons in the second round in March. “I can punch, I can box, and I can have a fight.

“Whatever I need to do against him, I would be doing. I would listen to my corner, and I think we have shown pretty well that we’re good at devising plans, and we would pick the right one against him. But he’s got to prove himself on Wednesday.

“I think Okolie comes with more ability. It would be a much better fight. It wouldn’t take me that long to get rid of Watkins, but with Okolie, it would take a bit longer.

“Me personally, the Okolie fight is one that has more appeal for everyone. I think it would go past four or five. I wouldn’t see it going the distance, if I’m going to be honest. I would be looking to go out there and do exactly what I like to do, and that’s tear his head off.”

Askin halted Craig Kennedy to claim the Lonsdale belt last year, and ‘The Assassin’ is confident that he is a class above Okolie or Watkins.

“I’ve secured that No 1 spot and if I’m honest with you, my performances of late have been pretty brutal,” said Askin.

“You see from the fights, if they stand in front of me, they are going to get hurt at some point.

“Personally, I think my ability, my maturity, and the way that I’m boxing at the minute, shows that I shouldn’t really be staying around this level much longer.

“I do believe that I’m levels above them.”

Watch Lawrence Okolie against Luke Watkins, along with a packed JD NXTGEN bill featuring Reece Bellotti, Ted Cheeseman, Daniyar Yeleussinov and more at York Hall on Wednesday from 7pm on Sky Sports Action.

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