Boxing champion Lawrence Okoli plans to move from working at McDonald’s to owning his own restaurant.
Okoli was 17 years old when he was inspired to take up boxing when he saw Anthony Joshua win a gold medal at the Olympics during his shift to Mackis.
Now she’s managed and mentored by AJ and has a WBO world title to her name – but she wants to go back to where her journey as a boss began.
Okoli has partnered with McDonald’s, his former employer, to launch a new Plan for Change campaign.
And he dreams of making a remarkable return to the multi-billion dollar company by owning a franchise, while continuing his boxing career.
Okoli, 28, told SunSport: “It’s a very serious ambition of mine.
“For me, it’s full circle. In the beginning, McDonald’s gave me an opportunity, gave me a job, which was my first legitimate income.
“It was the same with my younger brother, it was too big for our family at the time as the money was coming in.
“It wasn’t that we were in utter poverty, but a little help from us, my mother didn’t need much stress, to bring us other little pieces and bobs we could afford them.
“To be able to go back to the company in a proprietary way now, it shows progress.
“From working in the fields to owning an entire McDonald’s, I can only see the positives.”
McDonald’s new campaign will help young workers and every restaurant in every community by 2024, offer 3,000 apprenticeships by 2025, and open up new skills and jobs to one million people by 2030.
Okoli visited the London Victoria store, where he once flipped burgers and salty chips before dusting off his old apron.
And this is where he interacted with staff members to share his story and remember where he had come from.
From working in the fields to owning an entire McDonald’s, I can really only see the positives.
Lawrence Okoli on plans to own a McDonald’s restaurant
Okoli said: “There are times when we see people move on and achieve great things for good and then they are no longer around.
“They are inaccessible, they are far away but when you are there to talk and say, ‘What did you do? How did you do that?’
“It makes you more of a reference to them.”
Okolie is a proud vegetarian athlete but is still able to enjoy some classic McDonald’s fries as part of her plant-based diet when she’s out of training camp.
‘Cheeky Little Mackie’
He joked: “I’m preparing food when I’m training, but when that’s finished, I’ll go and have a cheeky little Mackies, you can’t say no, right?
“There’s a vegetarian burger coming soon, so I can’t wait to try it.”
Okoli won his world title in March by knocking out Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (35) in the sixth round.
He then defended it for the first time last month against 26-year-old challenger Dilan Prasovic, who was knocked out in round three.
Now Okoli, a 2016 Olympian with an unbeaten record of 17-0 with 14 knockouts, has consolidation bouts in her sight.
- World champion boxer Lawrence Okoli has teamed up with McDonald’s to launch a new campaign designed to improve the life prospects of thousands of young people. To learn more, visit mcdonalds.co.uk/planforchange. go to