Undefeated WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie (17-0, 14 KO) will be making his second defense of his title tonight against #2 ranked Michal Cieslak (21-1, 15 KO) in the main event LIVE on DAZN at the O2 Arena in London, England
The 2016 Olympian Okolie needs a victory tonight over the tough Polish fighter Cieslak to keep him on his path to face IBF cruiserweight champion Mairis Bridis in a unification match.
Boxing 247 will be giving live updates & results of tonight’s action on the Okolie vs. Cieslak card below.
- Lightweight prospect Campbell Hatton (6-0, 2 KOs) picked up a rare knockout tonight in stopping the journeyman Joe Ducker (9-9-2, 2 KOs) in the sixth round. With Campbell’s famous father Ricky Hatton watching from the crowd, he unloaded on the tough 36-year-old Ducker in the sixth round to get the knockout in the final round. Referee Chas Coakley halted the fight at 2:23 of the round. All in all, it was an excellent performance from the 21-year-old Campell Hatton, showing glimpses of the form of his dad Ricky Hatton during his successful career. While the power isn’t quite the same for Campbell, he showed improvement in that area from his past fights. For him to get to the next level, he’ll need to get a little more pop in his shots, though, than what he showed tonight because he’s still not hitting hard enough to throw him in with one of the contenders at 135.
- Undefeated fringe heavyweight contender Demsey McKean (21-0, 13 KOs) stayed unbeaten with an impressive eight round points decision victory over journeyman Ariel Esteban Bracamonte (11-7, 6 KOs). The score by referee Lee Every was 80-72. The 6’6″ southpaw McKean unloaded on Bracamonte with everything in his arsenal, but he stood up to the withering fire to see the final bell.
- 2020 Olympic cruiserweight prospect Cheavon Clarke (1-0, 1 KOs) defeated journeyman Toni Visic (20-30-2, 5 KOs) by a second round knockout in his pro debut. The 31-year-old Clarke Visic down in the first, land put him down for the second and final time in round two. The contest was halted at 2:01 of the second.
- Light heavyweight prospect John Hedges (5-0, 1 KO) scored a fourth round knockout victory over Aleksander Nagolski (2-2, 1 KO). The time of the stoppage was at 0:38 of round four.
Cheavon Clarke vs. Toni Visic
John Hedges vs. Aleksander Nagolski
Demsey McKean vs. Demsey McKean Ariel Esteban Bracamonte
Lawrence Okolie vs. Lawrence Okolie vs. Michal Cieslak
Galal Yafai vs. Carlos Vado Bautista
Karim Guerfi vs. Jordan Gill
Anthony Fowler vs. Anthony Fowler Lukasz Maciec
Fabio Wardley vs. Daniel Martz
Campbell Hatton vs. Joe Ducker
Okolie wants Mairis Briedis next
“It’s a positive thing that we’ll get a chance to see each other in real life, and I won’t let it distract me before the fight,” said Okolie to iFL TV about IBF cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis attending his fight tonight at the O2.
“He’ll still be a good fighter. It doesn’t go away because he’s doing crazy stuff,” Okolie said, perhaps referring to the tattoo that Briedis got on his leg of Jake Paul.
“If me and him are going to fight, it’s still a tough fight, and I’ve got to respect him as a fighter and not so much about a clout-chaser.
“This is a serious opponent, he’s coming to win and he has the whole world to gain if he beats me,” said Okolie on his defense against Cieslak tonight.
“I’ll handle him in any fashion. I handle him, and it’ll be good for me to push into a unification. After I deal with this fight, I’ll be looking for unifications, so one step at a time.
“I understand that a lot of people don’t understand what I’m doing, including other boxers,” said Okolie in addressing the opinion that and have of him being an awkward fighter.
“Until people come and spar me and ‘Oh, there’s some method to the madness.’ There was a reason why I was so inexperienced and I got to the Olympics.
“I don’t like to use inexperience as an excuse, but I managed to get to the Olympics and I managed to win a world title in this time period. I think it’s down to some of the madness that I’m able to do while I’m boxing.
“It’s mentally as well with me and my opponents. It’s hard if you’re not in there with me to understand. I’m quite good at reading the body language, the breathing and the pace of the fight, controlling what’s going on,” said Okolie.