Lawrence Okolie seeks to go from burger king to cruiserweight crown by beating Krzysztof Glowacki in his first-ever world title fight at Wembley
- Lawrence Okolie and Krzysztof Glowacki go head-to-head on Saturday night
- It will be Okolie’s first-ever world title fight, coming in just his 16th outing
- Okolie and Glowacki are battling for the vacant WBO cruiserweight world title
- His opponent is a former world champion and represents a significant step up
Lawrence Okolie was working in his local burger bar as he sneaked glimpses on television of Anthony Joshua winning his Olympic gold medal.
On Saturday, under Joshua’s management at Wembley, the Hackney cruiserweight makes his first bid for a world title.
Okolie’s transformation from a clinically obese fast-food lover to the favourite to beat Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO belt began two years before the 2012 Games when he was dragged to a gym.
Lawrence Okolie (left) and Krzysztof Glowacki (right) stand off at Friday’s pre-fight weigh-in
‘My mum told me I had to lose weight,’ he says. ‘I’d been bullied at school for being fat so I agreed to go to a boxing club. It was a revelation and I took off seven of my 19 stones.
‘But I was still happy being an amateur when I watched AJ win his gold and my ambition then was to own a burger joint.’
That dream has changed dramatically since Joshua took him under his wing as he turned pro in 2017.
Glowacki looks in tremendous shape ahead of his world title fight against Okolie on Saturday
Okolie, 28, studied psychology at university and as a boxer is thankful he did so, saying: ‘It has helped me to be more confident in the ring. To stay tall, be mentally strong.’
Okolie will need those attributes against Glowacki, whose only two defeats in his 33-fight career have been against world-class cruiserweights in title fights.
Okolie v Glowacki, Saturday night, Sky Sports from 10pm
Tale of the tape
Height: 6 ft 5in
Last fight: Jezewski TKO (Dec 2020)
Last fight: Briedis TKO loss (June 2019)
Rising star Okolie has already won the Commonwealth, British and European titles
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