Lawrence Okolie becomes latest British boxing champion after beating Krzysztof Glowacki

Okalie celebrates after dropping Krzysztof Glowacki to win the title

Cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie has been crowned Cruiserweight World Champion at Wembley tonight after defeating Polish counterpart Krzysztof Glowacki in the sixth round in just his sixteen fight.

The fight was streamed in the U.K., the U.S., and over 200 countries around the world.

Okolie, a former Mcdonalds worker in Victoria in London, was at one time clinically obese but was inspired by hero Anthony Joshua to enter the boxing ring after the 17-year-old watched Joshua claim the super-heavyweight gold medal at the Olympic Games in 2012

The boxer dropped Glowacki in the sixth round with a devastating punch. Referee Marcus Mcdonnell had seen enough and waved the fight off to hand Okolie the British world title and Cruiserweight World Champion.

Okalie from Hackney was delighted with the win in his post-match interview with Sky.

I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” said Okolie. “It’s nice hearing you say it. I’m happy. For me, it’s more of a relief. The potential has been there for over a year. I’m happy to get the victory. Now and forever, I’ll be a World Champion.

“I was just really focused on putting on a good performance. I’m physically very strong and punch hard. I’m very fit, so I can win on just those attributes at a certain level. I really focused on not rushing any shots because he’s very dangerous with counter shots, and he’s very heavy-handed. His jabs were very solid, so I had to be very meticulous in keeping the distance. It was a good clean performance”.

“All of the British former World Champions wishing me good fortune really touched me – shout out to them. From every run that I ever did, losing all of that weight, deciding to take a risk, having my parents support me financially when I couldn’t afford to get the bus down to the gym for training.

To see it all pay off with a World Title is a dream come true – never give up. We can just go on from here. I need to keep pushing myself to prove myself as the best.”

The 28- year Londoner, or the “The Sauce” as he’s known in boxing circles, follows former WBC cruiserweight and heavyweight title champions Tony Bellew, David Haye, and Johnny Nelson, who previously held world crowns in the 200lb class.

 

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