England-based Nigerian-born boxer, Lawrence Okolie took another massive step towards global stardom, as he snatched the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) cruiserweight belt in dramatic fashion and made history in the process.
Megasportsarena.com reports that, fighting under the banner of Great Britain, Okolie became the fifth British world boxing champion when he knocked out Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki in the sixth round at The SSE Arena in Wembley Stadium, London.
Prodding out a range-finding jab, Okolie followed up with a right hand to push Glowacki back onto his heels in the opening round, as the fast-rising Nigerian-born pugilist went for the kill from the word go.
The Pole was being picked off by the longer limbs of Okolie, who stabbed out jabs and stinging body shots in the second round and continued to target Glowacki’s ribs in the third, then intensified his assault in the fourth as a right hand wobbled his 34-year-old opponent.
Okolie unloaded a devastating finishing punch to drop Glowacki heavily in the sixth round and referee Marcus McDonnell waved off the fight to confirm the coronation of Britain’s newest world title holder.
Jolting jabs punished Glowacki whenever he strayed into range in the fifth before Okolie brought an abrupt ending to the fight in the following round, as a destructive right hand dumped the Pole on his back and he clambered unsteadily to his feet, prompting referee McDonnell to signal the end.
It means the unbeaten 28-year-old Okolie has emulated the likes of Tony Bellew, David Haye and Johnny Nelson, who previously held world crowns in the 200lb class, and promoter Eddie Hearn announced his desire to make unification fights.