WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie has confirmed that he will now be trained by SugarHill Steward.
‘The Sauce’ took to social media to confirm the change, saying that he’s looking forward to the future.
“SUGAR & SAUCE and EVERYTHING NICE pleased to announce I will be working with @kronksugarhill looking forward to the future.”
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Okolie will be in elite company in the gym, as SugarHill is the man who trains the WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, and was in the corner the night Fury won that belt in 2020 from Deontay Wilder. Another fighter that is part of that stable is Olympic Silver medallist, Ben Whittaker, who is set to return from injury soon.
Okolie’s previous trainer, Shane McGuigan, who was in the corner when ‘The Sauce’ became world champion in 2021, revealed the news of the split to Boxing Social at a media workout for Adam Azim, citing the champion’s residence relocation as the reason.
“Yeah, he’s given up his UK residencies and is living out in Dubai and stuff so that was always going to be quite a big obstacle for us to overcome.
“There are absolutely no hard feelings with me and Lawrence, so you know, I wish him all the best and I think he’s out doing a bit of work in Florida with Sugar Hill.”
‘The Sauce’ has been spoken about a lot in recent months following his ugly fall out with promoter Eddie Hearn over a contract dispute. However, The WBO cruiserweight champion is set to return on a BOXXER card on Sky Sports against his mandatory challenger, David Light, which will also see him fight under SugarHill for the first time.