Unbeaten fighter Lawrence Okolie will challenge for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title when he takes on Krzysztof Glowacki on December 12. Will 'The Sauce' get the world title he has been craving? BettingPro.com's Boxing expert previews the fight with his top predictions and tips.
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Road to Lawrence Okolie v Krzysztof Glowacki
London boxer Lawrence Okolie will put his unbeaten record on the line at The O2 on Saturday, December 12 when he takes on interim champion Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO Cruiserweight belt on the undercard to Anthony Joshua versus Kubrat Pulev.
The Polish fighter won the interim belt back in November 2018 when he defeated Maxim Vlasov on points in Chicago. He then had the chance to win back the actual belt in 2019 when he took on Mairis Briedis from Latvia.
Glowacki, who first won the WBO title back in 2015 when he knocked out Marco Huck before losing it in his second defence to Oleksandr Usyk, was stopped by Briedis in the third round and now has his sights set on winning the belt once again.
Briedis was forced to vacate the WBO title after he refused to hand Glowacki an immediate rematch as he focused his time on the WBSS tournament, which he won against Yuniel Dorticos to be crowned IBF and Ring Cruiserweight champion.
That now means the WBO title is up for grabs and Okolie will be looking to get his hands on a world title at the first attempt in only his 15th professional fight.
‘The Sauce’ has already held the British Cruiserweight title, WBA Continental Cruiserweight belt and the European Cruiserweight title during his 14-fight career, and he is fully confident that a world title will soon be added to that collection.
The 27-year-old, who will turn 28 four days after this fight, claimed the European title in his last encounter when he stopped previously unbeaten Belgian fighter Yves Ngabu in the seventh round to claim his 11th knockout.
Okolie is a big hitter and this clash against Glowacki will be his toughest to date, the Englishman will be eager to put on a show and prove to his critics that he is capable of being the number one fighter in the Cruiserweight division, and also the heavyweight one.
Lawrence Okolie v Krzysztof Glowacki Betting Tips & Predictions
Lawrence Okolie has walked through every fighter placed in front of him since he turned professional back in 2017.
‘The Sauce’ is unbeaten with 11 knockouts from his 14 victories, and he has improved with every passing round. He has shown his dominance on the domestic stage with points wins over Isaac Chamberlain and Matty Askin, while he sparked out Wadi Camacho inside four rounds back in March 2019.
Okolie knows that by winning the WBO title he will have the confidence and status to move up to heavyweight, but he cannot underestimate Glowacki.
Glowacki is a no-nonsense Polish fighter who has been around since 2008 and is a former WBO champion after knocking out Marco Huck in 2015.
In my opinion, Okolie is a better fighter than Glowacki but the Pole has been around for longer and has been in the ring with the likes of Oleksandr Usyk, Mairis Briedis, Steve Cunningham and Nuri Seferi.
Glowacki wins when it comes to experience, but when it comes to boxing skills Okolie is streets ahead. I am backing ‘The Sauce’ to make Glowacki his 15th victim and 12th knockout statistic.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Okolie walked through Glowacki in the early rounds, but I think the Pole will hang around for a while and try and make it difficult for the Brit. Okolie has form for getting frustrated if he is dragged into a battle and has had points deducted for using his head. If Glowacki uses tactics like these, he could have success in the middle rounds.
Overall, I think Okolie will come through the tough rounds and eventually get the stoppage win in the eighth round to become the new WBO Cruiserweight champion – if he does win the WBO title I fully expect it to be his last fight at this weight.
Lawrence Okolie v Krzysztof Glowacki Betting Tips: Fighter Predictions
Lawrence Okolie: “It has been a long and hard road to get here. I’m very excited and blessed to have this opportunity; I’ll be grabbing it with both hands. I will become Britain’s next world champion on December 12. Glowacki is a great fighter and he is someone that I looked up to when I first started boxing. I believe he won the world title the same year I was pushing to try and get on the Olympic team when I’d had 15 amateur fights. He’s a former two-time world champion and has only lost twice to two elite opponents. He’s going to be my biggest test on paper as a professional. He is a consummate professional and will do everything in his power to win. I have to be on my A-game, and I will be. I’m happy that throughout my career I have faced the best opposition that I could have at every stage. This is just another one of those.”
Krzysztof Glowacki: “I will retrieve my belt and I will bring it back to Poland. I will become WBO champion for the third time in my career, there is no other option. I am prepared for a hard battle because Lawrence Okolie is big, strong and awkward, but the belt is mine and I will bring it back home.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn: “In just 14 fights Lawrence Okolie has done it all and now it’s the moment of truth. 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 and someone who has mixed consistently at the top level. This is going to be a huge night and a huge moment for Lawrence – we can’t wait.”