Lawrence Okolie (15-0-0) will take on Krzysztof Glowacki (31-2-0) for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title. The fight will take place on Saturday, March 20 in the United Kingdom and will be available to stream by DAZN in the U.S.
The fight had originally been set for December of last year but Glowacki tested positive for COVID causing it to be postponed. There was some talk about choosing a different opponent for Okolie but in the end, it was decided to wait for Glowacki to recover.
The undefeated Okolie will be getting his first chance at the title belt at a relatively young age but he has earned it with his impressive record. If Okolie does indeed go on to win the cruiserweight title, it could easily propel him further into superstardom as he looks to continue his undefeated streak going. The metrics say he has the advantage in knockout power over Glowacki with a knockout rate of 80% to 61%.
While Okolie’s camp isn’t looking ahead from the fight in front of him, that hasn’t stopped others who are excited about the young star wonder what his next move could be. One of the loudest and most prominent of those voices is a fellow heavyweight boxer Derek Chisora. Chisora told Okolie he believes Okolie will have proven all he can at cruiserweight with a win and should make the move to heavyweight and challenge Dillian Whyte (27-2-0).
Before Okolie can even think about making a change he still has to get through Glowacki. Glowacki is no stranger to championship fights, having held the WBO cruiserweight title twice already. Having a 2-1 advantage in the number of fights fought, the southpaw will hope to tap into his experience when he battles Okolie. Winning would help strengthen his legacy and help make a case for Glowacki as one of the great cruiserweights of his time.
Okolie is considered the betting favorite heading into the fight. As of early March, gambling odds site Box.Live has Okolie at -300 while Glowacki sits at +225 which likely reflects the oddsmakers belief that Okolie will overwhelm Glowacki with his size, power, and youth.