Okolie vs. Cieslak – DAZN – Feb. 27 – 2 pm ET
Lawrence Okolie will make the second defence of his WBO Cruiserweight World Title against former World Title challenger Michal Cieslak at The O2 in London on Sunday February 27, shown live worldwide on DAZN (excluding New Zealand and Australia).
Hackney’s Okolie (17-0, 14 KOs) crushed Krzysztof Glowacki in six rounds to be crowned the new WBO Cruiserweight World Champion in just his sixteenth fight at The SSE Arena, Wembley in March last year.
The 29-year-old then made short work of Montenegro’s Dilan Prasovic in the first defence of his World Title on the blockbuster Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk card at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September, taking out his mandatory challenger in just three rounds.
Poland’s Cieslak (21-1, 15 KOs) suffered the one and only loss of his professional career when he took WBC Cruiserweight World Champion Ilunga Junior Makabu the distance in the Democratic Republic Of The Congo in January 2020.
“Thank you to Cieslak for accepting the fight,” said Okolie. “I’m sure he is coming to get revenge for Glowacki! He is a good, strong campaigner who should be one of my toughest tests to date.”
On the undercard, France’s Karim Guerfi (30-5, 9 KOs) makes the first defence of his EBU European Featherweight Title against ‘The Thrill’ Jordan Gill (26-1-1, 7 KOs), with more exciting additions to be confirmed this week.
“I’ve had 17 fights, 14 by KO, on the weekend it’ll be 18 and 15 by KO. Everyone can say what they want about the opponent until after I’ve beaten them and then we’ll be onto the next one and we’ll see what everyone says about him.
“I think power is secondary, it’s more so for fans and my opponents to watch and see what I’m doing. In the ring, as I’m going to show on Sunday, there’s so many other things that I do that are overlooked. It all ends in a KO which is why people care about the power.
“Nothing else has mattered since the fight got signed, it’s up to be to wipe the smile off his [Cieslak] face and all of his Polish teammates on Sunday.
“It’s a must, 100% ends in a KO. 1 million percent.”
Shane McGuigan, trainer of Lawrence Okolie:
“Cieslak put on a fantastic performance against Makabu and I thought arguably could have won that fight. He’s only got the one blemish on his record, but these are the fights we need for Lawrence Okolie, he is the best Cruiserweight in the world, I know that for a fact – we just need to go out there a prove it.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work, he [Lawrence] joined me in early 2019. He’s always had power and has now learnt how to maintain the distance, be a bit more disciplined, keep range, but he’s still learning all the time. That’s the scary thing, when he moves up to Heavyweight, I believe he’ll be a two-weight World Champion. Massive hopes for Lawrence and I think it’ll be a showing of his true ability on Sunday.”
“To be honest, I don’t care what other people think like media or supporters, I’m focused on myself and on what I’m going to do Sunday.
“I am aware that there will be a lot of supporters from my city of Radom and other places around Poland, I can’t wait to fight in this bout.
“Today I’m focusing on myself so I’m not interested on how hard he punches and how strong he is, I’m going to do what I have to on Sunday and I’ll be celebrating then.”
Tickets for Okolie vs. Cieslak are priced £40, £60, £100, £150 and £250 (VIP).
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OKOLIE VS. CIESLAK FIGHT DATE, START TIME
- Date: Sunday, February 27th
- Time: 5 p.m. GMT / 12 p.m. ET
- Main event ringwalks (approx): 9 p.m. GMT / 4 p.m. ET
The Okolie vs. Cieslak main card gets underway at 5 p.m. GMT / 12 p.m. ET
WHERE IS THE OKOLIE VS CIESLAK FIGHT?
The fight takes place at London’s O2 Arena.
OKOLIE VS. CIESLAK FIGHT CARD
OKOLIE VS. CIESLAK WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER
15:00 GMT LIVE ON BEFORE THE BELL
8 x 3 mins International Heavyweight contest
DEMSEY MCKEAN 246lbs 1oz v ARIEL ESTEBAN BRACAMONTE 293lbs 1oz
(Queensland, Australia) (La Cumbre, Argentina)
6 x 3 mins International Light-Heavyweight contest
JOHN HEDGES 183lbs 9oz v ALEKSANDER NAGOLSKI 182lbs 2oz
(Takeley, England) (Bytom, Poland)
6 x 3 mins International Cruiserweight contest
CHEAVON CLARKE 199lbs 7oz v TONI VISIC 199lbs
(Gravesend, England) (Split, Croatia)
17:00 GMT LIVE ON DAZN
6 x 3 mins Lightweight contest
CAMPBELL HATTON 136lbs 2oz v JOE DUCKER 136lbs 8oz
(Hyde, England) (Loughborough, England)
10 x 3 mins International Heavyweight contest
FABIO WARDLEY 236lbs 7oz v DANIEL MARTZ 266lbs 2oz
(Ipswich, England) (Clarksburg, USA)
10 x 3 mins International Middleweight contest
ANTHONY FOWLER 163lbs 7oz v LUKASZ MACIEC 163lbs 9oz
(Liverpool, England) (Lublin, Poland)
12 x 3 mins European Featherweight Title
KARIM GUERFI 125lbs 4oz v JORDAN GILL 126lbs
(Manosque, France) (Chatteris, England)
10 x 3 mins vacant WBC International Flyweight Title
GALAL YAFAI 111lbs 5oz v CARLOS VADO BAUTISTA 109lbs 9oz
(Birmingham, England) (Mexico City, Mexico)
12 x 3 mins WBO Cruiserweight World Title
LAWRENCE OKOLIE 199lbs 4oz v MICHAL CIESLAK 199lbs 6oz
(Hackney, England) (Radom, Poland)