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From bullied, obese and “no good at sports” to ripped Olympic boxer

British Lionhearts v Mexico Guerreros - World Series of Boxing

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Lawrence Okolie of the British Lionhearts (red shorts) celebrates after knocking down Jared Barraza of the Mexico Guerreros during the Group B Heavyweight bout of the World Series of Boxing at York Hall on February 18, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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One story of the many stories to watch in Rio will be Great Britain boxer Lawrence Okolie.

Bullied as a student, the now 23-year-old wasn’t even boxing in 2010, when doctors told the former 264-pounder that he was overweight.

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Now boxing in the 200lb class, Okolie is in incredible shape. To think he took up the sport because other physical activities weren’t holding his interest.

Boxing hit the right targets for him, and now he’s striking out for gold.

From The Sun:

“I was no good at sports, I was just flobbing about. I was never really a people-person, [or good at] talking.

“I would get the name calling, sometimes the physical stuff, I was picked on for having an African name, and seeming a bit weird to other kids. I just had to go through that.”

Okolie’s story is borderline biggest loser stuff, and certainly has the makings of a TV movie.

Obese. That’s what they heckled. Lawrence Okolie was bullied in his younger years. Now look at him, a heavyweight fighting beast, too strong for bullies. His Olympic hopes will evolve on Thursday when the draw is made, then the action rolls from the weekend. Okolie is one of 12 British fighters, 10 men, two women. #boxing #rio2016 #olympics #TeamGB #brazil #fitness #fitfam

A photo posted by BBC SPORT (@bbcsport) on Aug 3, 2016 at 12:51pm PDT



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