Lawrence Okolie plans to own a McDonald’s restaurant after being inspired to box while working at the cash desk of a fast food chain

BOXING champion Lawrence Okolie is considering switching from McDonald’s checkouts to owning his own restaurant.

Okolie was 17 when he was inspired to get into boxing watching Anthony Joshua win gold at the Olympics while working at Maccies.

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Lawrence Okolie with his WBO belt in front of McDonald’s in London Victoria
Boxer wants to move from checkout at McDonald's to owning his own store

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Boxer wants to move from checkout at McDonald’s to owning his own store

Now he’s managed and mentored by AJ and has a WBO world title to his name – but wants to return to where his journey began as a boss.

Okolie has teamed up with its former employers McDonald’s, who have launched a new Plan for Change campaign.

And he dreams of crowning a remarkable comeback in the multi-billion dollar business by owning a franchise, while continuing his boxing career.

Okolie, 28, told SunSport: “It’s a very, very serious ambition for me.

“For me, the circle is complete. At first McDonald’s gave me an opportunity, gave me a job, which was my first legitimate income.

“It was the same with my younger brother, at the time, it was huge for our family because the money was coming.

“It wasn’t like we were in absolute poverty, but our little bit helped, my mom didn’t need to stress so much, to get us other little pieces and bobs we could afford.

“Now being able to return to the business as an owner, that shows progress.

“I went from the cash register to owning an entire McDonald’s, I only really see the positive. “

McDonald’s new campaign will see young workers and services connected to every restaurant in every community by 2024, deliver 3,000 apprenticeships by 2025, and help a million people learn new skills and open doors to jobs by 2030.

Okolie visited London’s Victoria store where he once turned over burgers and savory fries before dusting off his old apron.

And that’s where he interacted with the staff to share his story and remember where he came from.

I went from the cash register to owning an entire McDonald’s, I can only really see the positive.

Lawrence Okolie on his plan to own a McDonald’s restaurant

Okolie said, “There are a lot of times when we see people move on and achieve good to great things and then they are not there anymore.

“They’re not reachable, they’re distant, but when you’re there to talk and say, ‘What did you do? How did you do?’

“It makes you a benchmark for them. “

Okolie is a proud vegan athlete, but he’s still able to enjoy classic McDonald’s fries as part of his plant-based diet when he comes out of training camp.

‘CHEEKY LITTLE MACCIES’

He joked, “I’m cooking a meal when I’m training but when it’s over I’m going to go get a cheeky little Maccies, you can’t say no, can you?”

“There’s a veggie burger coming out soon, so I can’t wait to try this one.”

Okolie won his world title by knocking out 35-year-old Pole Krzysztof Glowacki in the sixth round in March.

He then defended him for the first time last month against challenger Dilan Prasovic, 26, who was eliminated in three rounds.

Now Okolie, a 2016 Olympian with a current unbeaten record of 17-0 with 14 knockouts, has unification fights in sight.

  • World champion boxer Lawrence Okolie has teamed up with McDonald’s to launch a new campaign designed to improve the lives of thousands of young people. To find out more, visit mcdonalds.co.uk/planforchange
Lawrence Okolie back at McDonald's where he worked

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Lawrence Okolie back at McDonald’s where he worked
Lawrence Okolie was inspired by boxing while working in the fast food chain

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Lawrence Okolie was inspired by boxing while working in the fast food chain
McDonald's has launched a new Plan for Change campaign

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McDonald’s has launched a new Plan for Change campaign

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