Luke ‘The Duke’ Watkins isn’t intimidated by Mikael Lawal’s knockout power and has vowed to be the “last man standing” if the two cruiserweights collide next year.
Lawal picked up a spectacular one-stroke victory over Leonardo Damian Bruzzese on Saturday night, bringing his destructive record to 15 wins, including nine saves.
But Watkins insists Lawal would need an âeducationâ with his devastating right hand during a nationwide showdown.
âIt was a good performance,â Watkins told Sky Sports. âThere were moments of neglect, but the knockout was excellent.
âIt’s the same shot that Mikael has proven he has in his arsenal, because he’s knocked out people with the same shot before.
“I would beat Mikael Lawal. I would beat him seven days a week and twice on Sunday. It’s a fight that could happen, if it makes sense, and if it’s the right fight. We can make it happen.”
Watkins, a former Commonwealth champion, is eager to aim for more titles after ending his absence from the ring with a first round knockout victory in September.
âMikael needs to be strengthened,â Watkins said. “It’s not disrespectful, but we don’t know who these other guys are [he’s fighting].
“I know I would be the last man standing. Let’s face it, his record proves he has power, so does mine.
“Then it’s about education. To whom education is the best, who comes in the evening and who wants it.”
Lawal’s career is being guided by BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom, who believes the 26-year-old is ready to prove he is one of Britain’s best.
“The cruiserweight division is just huge in this country, âShalom told Sky Sports.
âHe was really impressive and getting better with every fight.
âHe has tremendous knockout power. Now it’s a question of whether he can level up.
âIt will be extremely exciting to see his journey.
âHe has an amazing story – he came to this country after a difficult life, he lost his mother very early on.
“He’s now looking for the UK title.”