Unbeaten fighter Lawrence Okolie might not be challenging for a title this weekend, but he will be in action when he takes on Nikodem Jezewski on the Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev undercard. BettingPro.com's Boxing expert previews the fight with his top predictions and tips.
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Lawrence Okolie v Nikodem Jezewski Betting Tips & Predictions
Personally, I cannot see this being a long evening for Okolie. I fully expect him to walk through Jezewski and hardly have a glove laid on him.
Pretty bold considering recent favourites Daniel Dubois and Anthony Yarde slipped up against Joe Joyce and Lyndon Arthur respectively, but I can see Okolie jumping over this potential banana skin.
‘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 was hoping this fight would propel him into the limelight and ease a passage into the heavyweight division, but things don’t always go to plan.
Now, credit has to be given to Jezewski for taking this fight at short notice, but he will be nothing but a stepping stone and I expect the Londoner to get the Pole out of there by the end of round three.
Road to Lawrence Okolie v Nikodem Jezewski
London boxer Lawrence Okolie will put his unbeaten record on the line at The O2 on Saturday, December 12 when he takes on Nikodem Jezewski.
Okolie was due to take on Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO Cruiserweight belt, but the Polish fighter was forced to withdraw with Okolie searching for a new opponent.
Fellow Poland-born fighter Jezewski has stepped into the breach after talks to face Michal Cieslak came to nothing. Jezewski is not ranked in the top 15 by thew WBO, meaning the vacant belt will not be on the line.
Jezewski has 19 wins under his belt, but apart from Cieslak and Shawndell Winters, he hasn’t really faced anyone, and I cannot see him causing Okolie any problems.
‘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 will be disappointed the title will not be on the line, but 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.