Nigerian boxer Lawrence Okolie becomes WBO cruiserweight champion
British boxer born to Nigerian parents Lawrence Okolie has become the new WBO cruiserweight champion following his victory over Krzysztof Glowacki.
Okolie defeated Glowacki in the sixth round of the fight held in Wembley on Saturday night.
The 28-year-old who has remained unbeaten has also become the first male member of Britain’s 2016 Olympic squad to claim a professional world title.
Before his fall to Okolie, Glowacki had only suffered two defeats in 33 professional bouts.
“It is crazy, I feel happy and blessed,” Okolie told Sky Sports. “It is surreal. I had confidence throughout the week, was very calm.
“Shane reminded me not to rush, and it went exactly to plan. I said I’d get it done between rounds five and eight.”
Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa congratulated Okolie in a tweet on Sunday.
She wrote: “Congrats to Lawrence Okolie @Lawrence_tko who perfectly knocked out Krzysztof Glowacki to become WBO world cruiserweight champion.”
Congrats to Lawrence Okolie @Lawrence_tko who perfectly knocked out Krzysztof Glowacki to become WBO world cruiserweight champion. pic.twitter.com/zpoU4eeY12
— Abike Dabiri-Erewa (@abikedabiri) March 21, 2021
Okolie says he now wants to unify the division, with the first target International Boxing Federation belt holder Mairis Briedis who knocked out Glowacki inside three rounds in 2019.
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