Shane McGuigan on how Lawrence Okolie can become his first undisputed champion

Shane McGuigan is plotting Lawrence Okolie's path to become the first undisputed champion under his guidance.

The talented young trainer wants to make the 28-year-old Hackney fighter cruiserweight king before they consider moving up to heavyweight.

That may one day put Okolie in an awkward position with his own manager – WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

It is a fight that is highly unlikely to ever happen given that situation and their current career paths, though.

“Talk about conflict of interests, I don't think either of them would fight each other but it's the biggest fight out there,” said McGuigan, 32.

“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.”

For now the focus is on Saturday's WBO cruiserweight title clash with Krzysztof Glowacki at Wembley Arena.

It is the first step on the road to dominance at 14st 4lb for unbeaten Okolie before IBF champion Mairis Briedis, WBA title holder Arsen Goulamirian and WBC king Ilunga Makabu enter his sights.

McGuigan said: “He 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?”

McGuigan – the son of ring legend Barry – could train a fourth fighter to a world title this weekend after helping Carl Frampton, Josh Taylor and George Groves to global honours.

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  • “I'm 32, I've had my first world champion at 25,” added McGuigan, who works out of a gym at Kent University.

    “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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