On Saturday, Lawrence Okolie fights David Light in Manchester, defending his WBO cruiserweight championship. The Londoner is only making his third defense of the title he won by halting Krzysztof Glowacki two years ago after knocking out the severely outmatched Dilan Prasovic and defeating Michal Cieslak on points after a prolonged contest.
Okolie will fight for the first time in about 13 months this weekend. Prior to partnering with Ben Shalom and Boxxer, he was involved in a contentious contractual dispute with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.
‘The Sauce’ will look to swiftly regain some momentum in his campaign to consolidate the cruiserweight class before advancing into the heavyweight ranks after taking some time off the ring.
Okolie fights an unbeaten opponent in Light who has 20 victories from as many professional fights and 12 knockouts. The challenger initially made a name for himself by taking home silver in the heavyweight division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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The 31-year-old New Zealander, who is also Okolie’s mandatory, is the current WBO Global, International, and Oriental champion at 200 pounds after defeating Brandon Glanton in Florida in December despite suffering a late knockdown.
It appears that Okolie needs to make a statement this weekend. All momentum in his ambition to emulate Oleksandr Usyk by becoming unbeatable at cruiserweight appears to have been lost after a break of more than a year following what was a pretty awful battle against Cieslak.
Recently, his unpleasant argument with Hearn has garnered far more media attention than his skill in the ring, therefore the focus must now return there. Although an overpowering victory over Light is hardly the kind of opponent that would inspire dread in the hearts of the other champions in this class, Arsen Goulamirian, Jai Opetaia, and the recently crowned Badou Jack, it is still desperately needed.
Lawrence Okolie vs David Light Fight Information
- Date: 03/25/2023
- Time: 05:30 PM ET
- Location: AO Arena Manchester United Kingdom.
- How to Watch Okolie vs Light: Showtime
- Live Stream: sho.com
Okolie vs Light Betting Lines
Okolie is –1000 according to our Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $10. On the other side, Light is +600 according to the Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $600.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Okolie at a 90.91% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Light have 14.29% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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