Lawrence Okolie v Michal Cieslak WBO Cruiserweight Title Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions

Dave Kuzio /
Okolie

Lawrence Okolie will defend his WBO cruiserweight title for the second time when he takes on Poland’s Michal Cieslak at The O2 Arena on Sunday evening.

READ MORE: Check out our free Josh Taylor v Jack Catterall tips & predictions

Lawrence Okolie v Michal Cieslak WBO Cruiserweight Title Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions

Lawrence Okolie hinted he would move up to heavyweight for his next fight, but that hasn’t materialised yet.

‘The Sauce’ will defend his WBO cruiserweight title on Sunday night at The O2 Arena when he takes on Michal Cieslak.

This will be Okolie’s second defence of his belt. He won the cruiserweight title when he beat another Polish fighter in Krzysztof Glowacki last March. He knocked out Glowacki in the sixth round.

Six months later he defended his title for the first time. He needed less than three rounds to get past Dilan Prasovic on the undercard of Anthony Joshua versus Oleksandr Usyk.

Okolie is definitely going to move up to heavyweight in the future. For now, he wants to be the king of the cruiserweight division and fight the best.

Cieslak is not in Okolie’s league. He has won 23 of his 21 fights, with 15 coming by way knockout. He lost one fight and the other was a no contest.

The Pole clearly has punching power, but I don’t think it will be enough to trouble Okolie.

I am backing The Sauce to make light work of Cieslak and claim a second-round stoppage. This fight will not last long at all. Let’s hope the undercard is exciting, as this will not be.

Lawrence Okolie v Michal Cieslak WBO Cruiserweight Title Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions

Lawrence Okolie: “I believe on paper this could be one of the most brutal fights. Until you get in the ring, you never know what someone’s got. Watching Cieslak’s fights, he’s an excellent technical boxer. He’s got some power and good speed. All in all, it poses to be a great, challenging fight. I believe I’m going to go on to unify the division. One of the main things we focus on and try to keep fit is the mindset. So, I’m making sure that we practice the mind, practice the body, put ourselves in exciting situations and hold ourselves accountable. This is a stage that I was made for. This is a fight I was made for. I’m ready for this. The main thing for me is that boxing is my true love. It’s my rocket fuel. If I’m not performing in the ring, none of this other stuff happens. So, for me, I find the motivation to do a rap song and collaborate with companies that I’m a fan of or supporter of. Where I came from, without making it a sob story, to where I am right now, it’s a blessing. And I want to hold onto that. My opponent here is to make amends, but I have to make sure that my journey continues in the direction that it’s going, and we don’t have any hiccups. As soon as a fight is made, Cieslak is the only thing I think of. I’ve got a picture of him in my room. I watched all of his interviews. I don’t understand any of them, but I like to watch his mannerisms. I’ve watched all of his fights. I know him, and that’s what I focus on. Michal Cieslak. After that, we can talk about everyone else.”

Michal Cieslak: “It’s undoubtedly a big fight for Polish boxing, and I can’t wait to attend the battle. I’m training very hard, and I can’t wait to fight. He’s a solid fighter, and he punches with both hands. He’s powerful physically. I have to do my work, all the training I’ve done with my coach, that’s what I’m going to bring to the ring. If I weren’t sure I was going to win, I wouldn’t be here, and I’ve been training since I was 13, so I’m ready to get the WBO title.”

Latest Offers

Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager the bonus amount 40 times within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Withdrawal restrictions, payment methods, country & Full T&C’s apply.

NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. 5P MINIMUM STAKE. 3 X £10 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS EXCLUDE VIRTUALS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AND FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG

T&C’s Apply. New customers on mobile only. 7 days to claim and stake £10 minimum bet at odds of 1.5 or greater to qualify. Free, void, cashed out or partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Max 3x £10 free bets credited on bet settlement. Free bets must be used on 4 or more selections with selection odds of 1.3 or greater. Free bets are non-withdrawable and stake not returned with winnings. 7 day expiry. 18+ BeGambleAware.org.

New customers & 18+ only. Min. deposit of £/€10. Qualifying real money bet of £/€10. Min odds greater than or equal to 1.5 required. E/W bets excluded. Offer credited within 48 hours. Additional T&Cs apply. Please gamble responsibly.

New customers only. 18+, BeGambleAware.org. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus. Wagering requirements: Sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), Casino 25x. Only one bonus can be used at a time, Sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the Casino, unless the bonus has been forfeited. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in. Further T&C’s apply.

18+ only. New Customers only. Bet £10* & Get £50* in Free Bets. Sign up, deposit between £5* and £10* to your account and bet365 will give you five times that value in Free Bets when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply. BeGambleAware.org. *or currency equivalent.

Wager the bonus amount 5x within 7 days on Sports to release your Bonus. Bonus equal to 200% of qualifying deposit - up to £200. Bonus credited in real money without wagering requirements.

*New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds between 00.01 14/03/22 and 17.30 17/03/22. 4 x £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept before 17.30 17/03/22, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly.

New customer offer. Max £/€10 refund. Sportsbook only. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.