Okolie vs. Glowacki betting odds, preview, and pick

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Danny Howard

March 3rd, 2021

Lawrence Okolie is in the fast lane to stardom, but the hard-punching prospect must overcome the challenge of ex-champ Krzysztof Glowacki to earn the vacant cruiserweight title.

Let's dive into the preview and make a pick ahead of the March 20 showdown.

Sat, March 20 2021, 7:00 PM

Okolie, Lawrence



Glowacki, Krzysztof



Okolie is a star in the making

Though Okolie is taking a significant step up in class, there is a lot to like about the long, powerful Brit.

He has the frame most heavyweights would covet, including a stunning 82 1/2-inch reach and explosive power. The 28-year-old has enjoyed short nights at the office, with a knockout in nearly all of his wins.

Okolie vs. Glowacki Tale of the tape

Lawrence Okolie (15-0) Krzysztof Glowacki (31-2)
5-0, 5 KO
Last five fights
4-1, 2 KO
Punching power
Key intangibles

Okolie is not taking a methodical approach to his boxing career. His late start already puts him at the age where he’ll be most dangerous, so a fight against someone of Glowacki’s character was inevitable.

It has to be emphasized that Okolie’s opposition has been extremely pedestrian. He is set to be tested against a crafty veteran.

Glowacki still an elite foe

Glowacki is about 18 months removed from his foul-filled stoppage loss to Mairis Briedis, but he is still recognized as one of the best fighters at cruiserweight. The former champion has been a mainstay at the upper echelon of the weight class for five years.

Glowacki always comes ready to fight and has sneaky power. He works behind a conventional approach and knows how to put his punches together. His experience and his willingness to get rough might stop the prospect’s rapid rise.

Okolie is all wrong for Glowacki

If Glowacki wasn’t so easy to hit, he’d be in prime position to spring an upset. One shining characteristic of Glowacki’s game is his toughness, something that only earns praise in absence of a serviceable defense.

Okolie is not some crude brawler who will swing at anything that moves. The height and reach Okolie brings will only serve to keep a charging Glowacki in range of power shots. The veteran is going to try to make a fight of it, but he is bound to get flattened.

Expect Okolie to continue his knockout streak and announce his arrival as a cruiserweight elite by stopping Glowacki cold in the sixth.

Boxing pick: Okolie