Okolie world title struggle on AJ undercard
For the unbeaten Lawrence Okolie there is an enormous chance of the world title. but Krzysztof Glowacki is a robust, experienced opponent; The vacant WBO Cruiserweight Championship will be awarded live at the Sky Sports Box Office on December 12th against Anthony Joshua against Kubrat Pulev.
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Lawrence Okolie will face Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title on Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev at The O2 in London on Saturday 12 December, live at the Sky Sports Box Office.
Okolie (14-0, 11 KOs) won the EBU European cruiserweight title last October with an interruption to the previously undefeated Yves Ngabu in the seventh round.
Glowacki (31-2, 19 KOs) knocked out German Marco Huck in eleven rounds to win the 2015 WBO title before widely highlighting Steve Cunningham in his first defense. In his next fight, he suffered the first loss of his career against the Ukrainian pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk.
The Polish south paw won the provisional WBO title through the decision of Maxim Vlasov in November 2018, but was stopped in three rounds by Latvia's Mairis Briedis last year to claim the full title.
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"It's been a long and difficult road to get here," said Okolie. "I am very excited and blessed to have this opportunity. I will take it with both hands. I will be Britain's next World Champion on December 12th.
"Glowacki is a great fighter and he's someone I looked up to when I started boxing. I think he won the world title the same year I tried to get into the Olympic team when I did 15 amateur fights would have .
"He is a former two-time world champion and has only lost twice to two elite opponents. He will be my greatest test on paper as a professional. He is a consummate professional and will do everything in his power to win."
"I have to be in my A game and I will. I'm glad that throughout my career I have met the best opposition that I could have at every stage. This is just one of them."
Glowacki said, "I'm going to get my belt back and bring it back to Poland. I'm going to be a WBO champion for the third time in my career, there is no other option. I'm prepared for a tough fight because Lawrence Okolie is tall. Strong and clumsy but the belt is mine and I'll take it home. "
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Promoter Eddie Hearn said, "In just 14 fights, Lawrence Okolie did it all and now it's the moment of truth.
"Great Britain has a chance to crown another world champion but Lawrence has everything to do against a great fighter and former world champion in Krysztof Glowacki and someone who has consistently mixed at the highest levels. This is going to be a big night and a big one." Hold on for Lawrence – we can't wait. "
Anthony Joshua, 258 Athlete Advisor, said, "The time has come for Lawrence. This is a great opportunity that I know will rise. He is about to fight at the highest possible elite level. He will be diligently preparing and be ready. " .
"The entire 258 MGT team is behind him. We are proud to have ushered him inside and outside the ring since his professional debut on his first world title chance in less than four years."