With his contractual dispute with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing however ongoing, WBO cruiserweight champ Lawrence Okolie will defend versus required challenger David Gentle on March 25th at the Manchester Arena. Ben Shalom of BOXXER received the purse bids fight and he will encourage the card – which will also see Jack Catterall in motion against an opponent to be named, though heavyweight hope Frazer Clarke will box tricky trial horse Rydell Booker.
Okolie, acknowledged as “The Sauce,” is for some supporters the best and most remarkable cruiserweight out there appropriate now. Presently 18-(14), the 30 yr previous from London gained the vacant WBO 200 pound belt in March of 2021 when Okolie stopped Krzysztof Glowacki. Considering the fact that then, Okolie has made two retentions, with him halting both of those Dilan Prasovic and, past time out in February of previous calendar year, Michal Cieslak.
Mild of New Zealand is now unbeaten himself at 20-(12) and the 31 yr previous is coming off a good earn about Brandon “Bullet Proof” Glanton, the December split choice acquire viewing Gentle gain his shot at the WBO title. We ought to get an interesting, perhaps remarkable struggle on March 25.
Okolie was unable to resist getting a little fun at the expenditure of Light’s surname, insisting how he will “make light perform of him.” On a significant notice, Okolie claimed Light is “the to start with stage in the journey toward unifications and more world titles.” Okolie, who may be suffering from ring-rust on the night, acquiring been out of the ring for a minimal more than a 12 months, will be taking Light-weight very seriously, there seems to be no question there.
Okolie has genuine talent and he is a superior puncher. Probably “The Sauce” can without a doubt go on to unify the 200 pound division. And there is presently chat of Okolie, who stands an amazing 6’5,” one day generating the transfer up to heavyweight. There is a extensive way to go yet, even so.
As for Catterall, the as soon as-beaten light-weight contender has viewed his seemingly cursed – or snake-bitten – return struggle with Josh Taylor get postponed yet yet again, and the Chorley guy wanted to just take a maintain-chaotic struggle. With any luck ,, that rematch with Taylor WILL acquire position this June. Olympic bronze medal winner Clarke, at present 5-(4) may possibly get himself a good night’s perform in opposition to the knowledgeable Booker, 27-7-1(14). If the 41 12 months previous turns up in good condition, Clarke might be extended a number of rounds, maybe even all the way. Booker is coming off a acquire, far too.
All in all, a fairly decent card, specifically if Catterall gets a are living foe.