• Dylan Munowenyu

From employee of the month to WBO World Champion

Lawrence Okolie is the new WBO world cruiserweight champion after emphatically knocking out Krysztof Glowacki with a powerful right in the sixth round at The SSE Arena in Wembley.

Lawrence Okolie extended his undefeated streak to 16 wins 0 losses after a devastating right hand dropped Krysztof Glowacki in the sixth round and referee Marcus McDonnell waved off the fight as Glowacki struggled to stand, making Okolie the new WBO world cruiserweight champion and the fifth British men’s world champion.

Okolie started the opening round composed using his reach to keep Glowacki at distance with continuous left jabs, occasionally followed by strong right hooks to the body to keep Glowacki from getting inside. The Polish fighter struggled to get around the reach of Okolie who continued on from a strong first round by throwing a higher volume of stiff jabs and stinging body shots in the second round.

Glowacki endured more venomous body shots from Okolie in the third, his barrage on the 34-year-old intensified in the fourth round with the former Commonwealth, British and European champion wobbling his opponent with a heavy right hook. Okolie remained in control as he kept Glowacki at distance during the fifth round before ending the fight early into the sixth round.

A truly devastating right hook from Okolie laid Glowacki flat on his back, as he struggled to get steady on his feet referee McDonnell stopped the fight giving Okolie the WBO world cruiserweight title. After becoming champion and securing his 13th knockout victory in 16 fights, Okolie has now equalled Anthony Joshua’s record of needing just 16 professional fights to become a world champion.

With promoter Eddie Hearn already announcing his desire to make unification fights, the future for the undefeated and now undisputed WBO world cruiserweight champion looks to be an exciting and monumental rise to becoming one of Britain’s best boxers.

Written by Dylan Munowenyu