Lawrence Okolie v Michal Cieslak LIVE: Date, UK start time, undercard, live stream and how to watch WBO cruiserweight title clash at The O2


Lawrence Okolie will be looking to make a second successful defence of his WBO cruiserweight world title when he takes on Michal Cieslak this weekend.

‘The Sauce’ beat Krzysztof Glowacki to claim the belt in March 2021 and then defended it against Dilan Prasovic last September.

Lawrence Okolie returns to the ring this weekend


Lawrence Okolie returns to the ring this weekend

Okolie took out Prasovic inside three rounds in an impressive display but 21 and one Polish fighter Cieslak promises to provide a sterner test.

Meanwhile, Galal Yafai, who won boxing gold for Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will make his professional debut and Campbell Hatton, son of legend Ricky, will also be under the lights.

The O2 Arena is set to host the action despite being partially damaged by Storm Eunice last week.

Okolie v Cieslak: Date, start and how to follow

The 12-round cruiserweight title bout is set to take place on Sunday, February 27 at The O2 Arena in London.

The undercard action will begin at 5pm with main event ring-walks set for around 10pm.

The fight will be shown on DAZN in the UK with their extended coverage starting from 3pm – the streaming service costs £7.99 per month, you can sign up HERE.

It can be streamed via the DAZN app and can be viewed on smart TVs, game consoles, connected devices, mobile, tablets and computers.

talkSPORT will bring you all the latest news and action from London throughout the week.

Lawrence Okolie is the WBO cruiserweight world champion

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Lawrence Okolie is the WBO cruiserweight world champion

Okolie v Cieslak: Undercard

Subject to change

  • MAIN EVENT: Lawrence Okolie v Michal Cieslak – for WBO cruiserweight title
  • Galal Yafai v Carlos Vado Bautista – for vacant WBC international flyweight title
  • Campbell Hatton v Joe Ducker
  • Karim Guerfi v Jordan Gill – for EBU European featherweight title
  • Anthony Fowler v Lukasz Maciec
  • Fabio Wardley v Daniel Martz
  • Demsey McKean v Ariel Esteban Bracamonte 
  • Cheavon Clarke v Toni Visic 
  • John Hedges v Aleksander Nagolski 

Okolie v Cieslak: What has been said?

Lawrence Okolie: “I believe on paper this could be one of the hardest fights. Until you actually get in the ring, you never know what someone’s got. 

“Watching Cieslak’s fights, he’s a very good technical boxer. He’s got some power and good speed. All in all, it poses to be a very good challenging fight.

“I believe I’m going to go on to unify the division. One of the main things that we focus on and try to keep fit is mindset. 

“So I’m making sure that we practice the mind, practice the body, put yourself in interesting situations and hold yourself accountable. I’m ready for this. This is a stage that I was made for. This is a fight I was made for.

“As soon as a fight is made, Cieslak is the only thing I think of. I’ve got a picture of him in my room. I watched all of his interviews. I don’t understand any of them but I like to watch his mannerisms. I’ve watched all of his fights. I know him and that’s what I focus on.”

Michal Cieslak: “It’s surely a big fight for Polish boxing. I can’t wait to actually attend the fight. I’m training very hard, and I can’t wait to fight. 

“If I wasn’t sure I was going to win, I wouldn’t be here, I’ve been training since I was 13 so I’m ready to get the WBO title.”

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