FILE – Britain’s Lawrence Okolie (L) celebrates profitable the combat in opposition to Poland’s Nikodem Jezewski (R) in the course of the cruiserweight boxing match at Wembley Enviornment in north west London on December 12, 2020. (Photograph by ANDREW COULDRIDGE / POOL / AFP)
Britain’s Lawrence Okolie received the World Boxing Group cruiserweight title with a spectacular sixth-round knockout of Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki at Wembley Enviornment on Saturday.
Victory meant the 28-year-old Londoner grew to become the primary male member of Britain’s 2016 Olympic squad to assert an expert world title, with Okolie unbeaten since becoming a member of the paid ranks.
He minimize Okolie above the attention within the fourth spherical earlier than a left jab within the first minute of the sixth arrange highly effective proper hand that crumpled the revered Glowacki to the canvas.
The Pole’s solely earlier defeats in 33 skilled bouts had come in opposition to the world-class duo of Oleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis.
However Okolie nonetheless managed to document his thirteenth knockout in 16 skilled fights.
Afterward, he paid tribute to coach Shane McGuigan, the son of former featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan.
“It’s loopy, I really feel completely happy and blessed,” Okolie advised Sky Sports activities. “It’s surreal.
“I had confidence all through the week, was very calm.
“Shane jogged my memory to not rush, and it went precisely to plan. I mentioned I’d get it performed between rounds 5 and eight.”
Okolie now desires to unify the division, with the primary goal Worldwide Boxing Federation belt holder Briedis, who knocked out Glowacki inside three rounds in 2019.
“I’m rising into myself as a boxer. It’s a course of,” he added. “Out of the champions, Mairis Briedis is the one I’d most wish to combat.”
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