Eddie Hearn promoter for newly crowned WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie (16-0, 13 KOs), has long-term plan worked out for the unbeaten boxer.
On Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Wembley, Okolie became a world champion when he knocked out former two-time beltholder Krzysztof Glowacki (31-3, 19 KOs) in the sixth round to capture the vacant WBO cruiserweight title.
Okolie started the fight by boxing well from the distance and working behind his long jab. Glowacki was being kept at range and unable to get inside to do any damage.
Okolie began to let his hands go and connect in the fourth round, with Glowacki not doing much in return. He was cut above the right eye and taking punishment.
In the sixth round, Okolie landed a big right hand that flattened Glowacki. He barely beat the count and the fight was waved off as Glowacki was on unsteady legs.
Hearn was very impressed with the outcome.
He wants to guide Okolie through the entire cruiserweight division, with a unification contest likely being next. Once Okolie secures the belts at 200-pounds, Hearn wants him to move up to heavyweight division.
“My goodness was he good enough. Not just good enough, an absolute masterclass,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “The jab, the footwork, the right hand. The work on the inside, the spinning off.
“That was a good enough performance to beat any cruiserweight in the division, and that’s what we want to do now. We don’t want to muck around, we want to go straight for all the titles and unify the division and then move up to heavyweight.
“He’s got scary power, but he used to be all power. Now he’s got the jab, he’s got the movement, he’s got the knowledge up here. (Trainer) Shane (McGuigan) has done a tremendous job.”