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Lawrence Okolie can become undisputed champion, according to trainer

Okolie could become the second world champion from the class of 2016 after Savannah Marshall.

Trainer Shane McGuigan is hoping he can guide Lawrence Okolie to glory at cruiserweight and heavyweight.
"The Sauce", who is undefeated from 15 bouts, has the toughest fight of his career this weekend against former world champion Krzysztof Glowacki.

McGuigan will be in his corner for the bout, which takes place at Wembley's SSE Arena looking to guide another fighter to world glory. Okolie wants to unify before moving up to heavyweight - a division which includes his manager Anthony Joshua.

"Talk about conflict of interests," McGuigan said. "I don't think either of them would fight each other but it's the biggest fight out there.
"If you're going after big fights then that's the biggest one out there.

"But what I do want is Lawrence to go and spar Joshua if the Tyson Fury fight happens. I don't think Joshua can get much better sparring than Lawrence for that fight."

Okolie can be Britain's greatest at cruiserweight

Other champions at 200-pounds include IBF titleholder Mairis Briedis, WBA king Arsen Goulamirian and WBC titlist Ilunga Makabu enter his sights.

Despite just being 32 years old, McGuigan is an experienced cornerman having guided Carl Frampton, George Groves and Josh Taylor to world titles as well as working with David Haye in his domestic dust-up with Tony Bellew.

McGuigan believes he can guide Okolie to not only a world title but undisputed status, something he was unable to do with Taylor after he left to join Top Rank and Ben Davison.

McGuigan said: "He [Okolie] understands that he needs to get better. He wants all the accolades, he wants the world titles, he wants the money, he wants the high life but you have to get better at boxing.
"The one thing he is not afraid of is putting the work in to get there.
"If we beat Glowacki then Goulamirian, and then try to go for Breidis. I think we can entice Briedis into a big fight.
"If he beats Briedis which I believe he has the potential to then he will go down as the best British cruiserweight by far.
"I would like him to become the undisputed cruiserweight champion.
"I trained Josh Taylor to become the unified world champion, he ran off before we got the chance to do the undisputed.
"I would like to be involved with someone who is the undisputed world champion.
"Yes he will go up to heavyweight but is there a point in going up now when it is so crowded?"
"I'm 32, I've had my first world champion at 25," added McGuigan.
"A lot of people questioned if I was a good coach and that it was only because of my dad but I've had a two-weight world champion and unified one at one weight, that I both took from scratch.
"Then I rebuilt George and helped him.
"I've had a lot of people trying to stop me from succeeding in this business.
"If I could get an undisputed world champion that would mean a lot to me."

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