Lawrence Okolie finally has his chance to become Britain’s latest world champion when he clashes with Krzysztof Glowacki for the WBO world cruiserweight title behind closed doors in London.
Without fans to roar on ‘The Sauce’, Okolie’s lack of experience may play a role in the outcome of this fight with his Polish opponent able to call on more battles at this level.
Okolie is tall and rangy, possessing the tools to one day follow the likes of David Haye, who successfully moved up to heavyweight after conquering the 200-pound weight limit.
After blasting out Nikodem Jezewski within two rounds, Okolie knows the jump in quality here is massive, which will reveal a great deal about his intangibles after a smooth rise since turning pro in 2017.
This fight has been a long time coming too, since being announced in 2019, with Glowacki testing positive for Covid-19 and forcing the bout to be postponed.
And having only lost to world class opponents Oleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis, Okolie will join esteemed company if he can pull off the victory here.
Here is everything you need to know about the fight:
When and where is the fight and the ring walks?
The fight is at Wembley Arena, London on Saturday, 20 March, with the undercard starting at 7pm GMT and the main event will follow expected ring walks at 10pm GMT.
How can I watch the fight on TV or through a live stream?
The fight is on Sky Sports Arena, from 7pm, and Sky Sports Main Event, from 8pm in the UK and Ireland. You can therefore catch a live stream of the card and main event through theSky Go app, or if you’re not a subscriber, stream the action through NowTV.
You can watch the fight from anywhere else in the world, except China, Australia and New Zealand, on DAZN. Note: In Argentina, Chile and Colombia, new users can sign up via devices only, and not via web.
Tale of the tape
Months since last fight
6 ft 5in
6 ft 0in
Method of victory
Okolie KO/TKO or DQ: 5/6
Okolie by Decision/Technical Decision: 5/2
Glowacki by KO/TKO or DQ: 11/2
Glowacki by Decision/Technical Decision: 15/2
- Lawrence Okolie v Krzysztof Glowacki – for vacant WBO cruiserweight title
- Chris Billam Smith v Deion Jumah – for Commonwealth and British cruiserweight titles
- Anthony Fowler v Jorge Fortea – for WBA International super-welterweight title
- Joe Cordina v Faroukh Kourbanov – for WBA Continental super-featherweight title
- Bradley Rea v Lee Cutler – Middleweight
- Ramla Ali v Bec Connolly – Featherweight
- Ellie Scotney v Mailys Gangloff – Featherweight
Okolie eager to follow British greats at cruiserweight
“We’ve had so many great World Champions in history so to add my name to that list is going to be amazing. I’m going to go out there and do what needs to be done to bring the belt home,” said Okolie.
“In just 15 fights Lawrence Okolie has done it all and now it’s the moment of truth,” said Matchroom Sport Managing Director Eddie Hearn.
“Britain has the chance to crown another World Champion but Lawrence has it all to do against a great fighter and former World Champ in Krysztof Glowacki, who is someone that has mixed it consistently at the top level.
“Next In Line is another great piece on content put together by the Matchroom Media team following the brilliant ‘Estrada vs. Chocolatito II – Repeat or Revenge’documentary that set the scene so well in Dallas. This is going to be another huge night and a huge moment for Lawrence - we can’t wait.”
Glowacki ready to upset Okolie after hiatus
“I’m very happy I can finally fight after such a long layoff,” said Glowacki. “I was absolutely devastated when I found out I was Covid positive, but every cloud has a silver lining. Now I feel better than in December. When I came back to training after Covid, I had some stamina issues, but everything is OK now. I feel pumped up and ready.
“I’m hugely motivated for this fight. I’m going to have a great opponent in front of me who has big ambitions of his own. I heard Okolie had some plans to unify, but he has to beat me and it’s not going to happen. I will retrieve my belt and I will bring it back to Poland. I will become WBO World Champion for the third time in my career, there is no other option.
“Okolie is unbeaten, he’s big and he’s strong. He has long arms and a huge reach, but I’ve noticed some weaknesses that you will see on the night. I’m ready for this fight and I’m ready to beat him. You will see on Saturday how I will beat him up. I’ve had a lot of sparring partners who were tall and uncomfortable.
“The support I receive from the Polish people will always motivate me. It’s a shame that they cannot support me in person because a lot of people would have turned out to support me in London, but instead they will be cheering me on in front of their televisions. I’ll bring the belt home for them.”
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