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Lawrence Okolie vs Michal Cieslak fight for the WBO cruiserweight title on Feb 27. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Lawrence Okolie vs Michal Cieslak fight for the WBO cruiserweight title on Feb 27. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Lawrence Okolie (17-0) is one to watch in 2022.

The unbeaten British cruiserweight picked up a world title last year and on February 27 will make his second defence against Poland’s Michal Cieslak (21-1).

Okolie has DAZN, 258 Management and Anthony Joshua in his corner and will be targeting a dominant display in London to underline his credentials as the world’s best 175-pounder.

Mairis Briedis and Illunga Makabu will have something to say about that...

Cieslak will be looking to cause a major upset in the capital and can be found as long as 11/2 with bet365 to record a seismic win.

Who will leave Greenwich with the WBO cruiserweight title? Hopefully our expert boxing tips will give you a clue…

  • Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.
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Lawrence Okolie to beat Michal Cieslak by KO, TKO or Disqualification

Since teaming up with trainer – and son of Barry – Shane McGuigan, Lawrence Okolie has found power in his artillery.

His foot movement has enabled him to pick his shots more comfortably without getting tied up and his willingness to sit down on his shots is telling.

The Londoner has recorded seven stoppage victories in a row and it’s hard to imagine this not becoming eight on Sunday night.

Cieslak has never been stopped before, but he’s never really been tested.

His only fight outside of Poland was a UD loss to Illunga Makabu in 2019 and the Pole will be up against it inside the O2 Arena.

Okolie is looking to make a statement to the rest of the division – a knockout should be the ticket.

Lawrence Okolie form & opinion

“The Sauce” is rangy, slick and powerful – his recent link up with trainer Shane McGuigan has done wonders for his progression.

There were plenty of question marks hanging over the head of the 29-year-old before this link-up, but now the WBO king is more than deserving of his world crown.

From humble beginnings and an often told tale of working in McDonalds before deciding to take up boxing, Okolie is now one of Britain’s best fighters and will be looking to underline this fact by unifying the cruiserweight division in 2022.

A 2018 grudge-match win over Isaac Chamberlain and a 2021 TKO win over Krzysztof Glowacki remain his biggest wins to date in a career where he has passed every test handed to him.

He is unbeaten in 17 fights, winning 14 by knockout and is one again headlining a stacked card in the capital.

Michal Cieslak form & opinion

Michal Cieslak is a bit of an unknown quantity on UK shores, but is well ranked at number six in the cruiserweight division.

The Pole lacks that notable win on his record but did push WBC champion Illunga Makabu close in 2020, losing on the cards by scores of 116-111, 114-112, 115-111 fighting on away soil for the first time.

Cieslak has experience in bundles but hasn’t come up against someone with the power and accuracy as Lawrence Okolie enough to be given much of a chance on Sunday.

Cieslak is a competent top 10 fighter, but if Okolie is as special as many believe him to be then the 32-year-old is in for a world of trouble.

History

You won’t be surprised to hear that there isn’t much in the way of history between these two fighters.

The closest that we can get to comparing these two fighters is by looking at both their second opponents after turning pro.

Lukasz Rusiewicz – in case you were asking – who Okolie beat in a first round blow-out and Cieslak went the whole four rounds with.

But with a record of 22-31 it’s fairly redundant to use the Pole as a yard stick for the talent of both these fighters.

About the Venue

Well, hold on to your hats, literally, as the O2 Arena in London is currently trying to patch itself up following Storm Eunice – they even had to cancel a Simply Red concert last weekend!

The Greenwich venue took a battering last weekend by the weather, losing parts of it’s roof under the strain of 122mph winds!

Hopefully the fight will still be heading there – a venue that has seen huge fights over the past few years with a shade over 20,000 seats available.

Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora have all called the O2 their home across the last decade and this will be the sixth time that Okolie has fought inside it.

Needless to say, Cieslak will be making his debut inside the O2 Arena.

Conclusion

Okolie’s athleticism and power have become a real threat in the cruiserweight division over the past few years.

Okolie’s future may well be at heavyweight with his big, muscular frame perfect to add weight onto, but for now, he should make fairly light work of Cieslak.

The cruiserweight division isn’t exactly stacked at the moment and we’ve got a suspicion that Cieslak’s #6 ranking is a bit of a misnome.

Okolie by stoppage – probably in the first half of the contest.