Lawrence Okolie will make the second defence of his WBO cruiserweight world title as he takes on Michal Cieslak on the O2 Area tonight.
The 6ft 5in big of a cruiserweight received the belt with a shocking sixth-round stoppage victory over Krzysztof Glowacki in March final 12 months, earlier than making his first defence towards Dilan Prasovic six months later, needing simply three rounds to see off his opponent on the Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk undercard.
The 29-year-old, who has spoken of a doubtlessly imminent transfer to the heavyweight division, was as an alternative trying to tackle IBF champion Mairis Briedis in an attractive unification showdown.
Briedis, who appears to be considering of a unique path, having referred to as for a combat towards Jake Paul, is ready to defend his belt towards the unbeaten Jai Opetaia, although in keeping with stories their proposed April 6 date has been pushed again after the champion examined constructive for Covid.
Cieslak, 32, has simply the one defeat on his 22-fight document, suffered in 2020 towards WBC champion Ilunga Junior Makabu, in what was his one and solely skilled combat up to now outdoors of his dwelling nation of Poland.
With the spectacle swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you thru every part you could know.
Lawrence Okolie (left) will defend his WBO cruiserweight title towards Michal Cieslak (proper)
Okolie had as an alternative been focusing on a unification bout towards IBF champion Mairis Briedis
When is Lawrence Okolie vs Michal Cieslak?
The conflict between Okolie and Cieslak is scheduled to happen on Sunday, February 27 on the O2 Area in London.
The pair are anticipated to stroll to the ring at round 9pm for these within the UK, although that can after all depend upon outcomes beforehand.
There may be additionally motion in abundance on the undercard, with the likes of Galal Yafai, Fabio Wardley, Anthony Fowler and Campbell Hatton in motion.
Find out how to watch the combat
The combat, which will probably be a 12-round contest, will probably be broadcast stay on DAZN.
It is going to be out there to stream in over 200 international locations throughout the globe, with Australia and New Zealand the notable exceptions.
Prospects will have the ability to stream the combat by way of the app on their tv, console, cell, pill or laptop system.
Sportsmail may even be overlaying the combat stay, so you may hold up-to-date with us.
Okolie vs Cieslak: The important thing stats
Top: 6ft 5in
File: 17W, 0L, 0D
Top: 6ft 3in
File: 21W, 1L, 0D
Okolie will probably be making simply the second defence of his newly-gained WBO cruiserweight strap
His first defence got here towards Dilan Prasovic on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk
Struggle card in full
- Lawrence Okolie vs Michal Cieslak; WBO world cruiserweight title
- Karim Guerfi vs Jordan Gill, European featherweight title
- Galal Yafai vs Carlos Vado Bautista, WBC worldwide flyweight title
- Fabio Wardley vs Daniel Martz
- Anthony Fowler vs Lukasz Maciec
- Demsey McKean vs Ariel Esteban Bracamonte
- Campbell Hatton vs Joe Ducker
- John Hedges vs Aleksander Nagolski
- Cheavon Clarke vs Toni Visic
*Extra to comply with
What’s been stated?
The pair got here face-to-face on the announcement press convention in January, and Okolie insisted he’s in for the hardest take a look at of his profession.
‘I consider on paper this could possibly be one of many hardest fights,’ he stated. ‘Till you truly get within the ring, you by no means know what somebody’s obtained.
‘Watching Cieslak’s fights, he’s an excellent technical boxer. He’s obtained some energy and good pace. All in all, it poses to be an excellent difficult combat.
‘I consider I’m going to go on to unify the division. One of many primary issues that we concentrate on and attempt to hold match is mindset.
‘So I’m ensuring that we apply the thoughts, apply the physique, put your self in attention-grabbing conditions and maintain your self accountable. I’m prepared for this. This can be a stage that I used to be made for. This can be a combat I used to be made for.’
Okolie admitted he could possibly be in for a troublesome night time at January’s announcement press convention
He continued: ‘As quickly as a combat is made, Cieslak is the one factor I consider. I’ve obtained an image of him in my room. I watched all of his interviews. I don’t perceive any of them however I like to observe his mannerisms. I’ve watched all of his fights. I do know him and that’s what I concentrate on. Michael Cieslak. After that, we will speak about everybody else.’
Michal Cieslak in the meantime insisted it’s he who will emerge victorious. ‘It’s absolutely an enormous combat for Polish boxing,’ he stated. ‘I can’t wait to really attend the combat. I’m coaching very arduous, and I can’t wait to combat.
‘If I wasn’t positive I used to be going to win, I wouldn’t be right here, I’ve been coaching since I used to be 13 so I’m able to get the WBO Title.’
Cieslak insisted he wouldn’t have taken the combat if he didn’t consider it was one he might win
Okolie vs Cieslak: The chances
Having continued his fast development beneath Shane McGuigan, it comes as no shock that Okolie is the overwhelming favorite to prevail on February 27.
The hard-hitting Londoner is the 1/9 favorite to get the win, with a draw at 25/1 and a Cieslak victory at 9/2.
*Odds as per Betfair and proper on the time of publication.
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