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‘It’s a different story when you step in with me’ – Kenny Okungbowa’s warning for Toto

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Kenneth Okungbowa suggests Antoine Griffin would give any super heavyweight in Ireland trouble, just not him.

The reigning heavyweight champion bids to become a two weight title holder as he competes in the 91kg decider tonight.

Standing in the way of him and his second title is solider Griffin, the Athlone fighter has respect for ‘Toto’ and expects a test in the National Stadium.

However, it’s a test he thinks he can pass. The big man suggest he just brings that something different, something his opponent won’t be able to cope with.

“I’ve seen him before. Antoine is a great fighter from the Celtic Eagles, which is a very reputable gym. Again he’s a great fighter but it’s a different story when you step in with me.”

Okungbowa, who claimed the heavyweight crown in February after a strange fight with Tony Browne, beat many people’s pre tournament favourite, Thomas Carty, in the semi final.

When reflecting on that fight he noted: “I don’t know if he looked past me, I wouldn’t look past me if I were them. Full respect to Thomas Carty he’s a worthy opponent.”


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