Luke ‘The Duke’ Watkins is not intimidated by Mikael Lawal’s knockout electricity and has vowed to be the ‘last person standing’ if the two cruiserweights collide subsequent year.
Lawal delivered a extraordinary 1-punch victory above Leonardo Damian Bruzzese on Saturday evening, which extended his harmful report to 15 victories, such as 9 stoppages.
But Watkins insists Lawal would have to have “training” together with his devastating proper hand in a domestic showdown.
“It was an all right functionality,” Watkins told Sky Sporting activities. “There ended up times of sloppiness, but the knockout was outstanding.
“It is really the identical shot that Mikael has confirmed to have in his arsenal, since he is knocked people today out earlier with the similar shot.
“I would conquer Mikael Lawal. I would beat him seven times a week and two times on Sunday. That is a fight that could come about, if it will make perception, and if it really is the proper fight. We can make that take place.”
Watkins, a former Commonwealth champion, is eager to focus on extra titles soon after ending his absence from the ring with a very first-spherical knockout get in September.
“Mikael does will need a step-up,” reported Watkins. “This is no disrespect, but we do not know who they are, these other guys [he’s fighting].
“I know I would be the final gentleman standing. Let’s deal with it, his report proves that he possesses power, so does mine.
“Then it comes down to instruction. Whose schooling is improved, who turns up on the night time and who wants it.”
Lawal’s vocation is being guided by BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom, who thinks the 26-calendar year-outdated is prepared to confirm himself as 1 of the ideal in Britain.
“The cruiserweight division is just massive in this place,” Shalom instructed Sky Sports activities.
.”He has been actually amazing and is receiving better with each individual battle.
“He has massive knockout electrical power. It really is now about no matter if he can step up a degree.
“It will be hugely exciting to see his journey.
“He has an remarkable story – he came to this state immediately after a tricky lifestyle, he dropped his mom very early.
“He is now looking for the British title.”