London's Lawrence Okolie bids to become world champion at Wembley Arena on Saturday. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse gives his verdict...
"We are big fans of Okolie and expect him to score another decisive victory at Wembley."
Local favourite in world title fight
Professional boxing returns to Wembley Arena on Saturday for the Matchroom Sports show headlined by Lawrence Okolie and Krzysztof Glowacki. The vacant WBO cruiserweight world championship is on the line in the main attraction, and unbeaten local Okolie is a hot favourite to continue his devastating form.
Okolie has been tipped for a big future in the sport, with ex-boxers and pundits believing he has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Brit David Haye. The Sauce aims to dominate the cruiserweight division before moving up to heavyweight. To achieve his potential, however, he must give Polish southpaw Krzysztof his full attention.
Okolie number one in the UK
Hackney native Okolie exploded onto the professional boxing scene in 2017, winning each of his first four bouts by knockout in the opening round. The 28-year-old continued his rise through the division and is currently ranked number one in the UK and seventh in the world cruiserweight list, topped by Latvian Mairis Briedis.
The 6ft 5inch orthodox boxer was last seen in action stopping another Polish rival in Nikodem Jezewski before the end of the second round. An impressive result considering his rival arrived at Wembley Arena in December as an unbeaten fighter. Jezewski was down twice in the first round and once in the second before referee Phil Edwards saved him.
This bout represents another step up in class for Okolie, but it's no surprise to see bettors scramble to get on the right side of this talent. Okolie is trading at odds of 1.351/3 on the Betfair Exchange for the win. That quote will push most into the method of victory where another KO/TKO is 1.68/13 and rare points cheer 32/1.
Glowacki was stopped last time out
Poland's Glowacki brings a professional record of 31 wins against two defeats. Of his victories, he's claimed 19 by knockout, but it's worth noting he has been stopped once himself. In a career that can be traced back to 2008, the only man to get rid of Krzysztof inside the distance was Briedis, who scored a third-round TKO.
That defeat against the Latvian star came in Krzysztof's most recent outing with the WBO world title at stake in Riga. It will be interesting to see how he responds to such a crushing loss, but Team Glowacki will be aware of the damage back-to-back defeats would do to their status as a world title challenger. The pressure is on the away dressing room to put on a show.
Glowacki has been written off as a no-hoper for this bout, but we have seen recently how dangerous it can be to overlook a fighter off at any level. He carries a near 60% knockout average into this contest and deserves to be taken seriously as a challenger. He's 4.47/2 on the Betfair Exchange to win the fight or 54/1 to score a stunning KO/TKO.
Underdog won't be as reckless as he was last time
The betting for this fight makes sense, but there's value to be found if you're willing to work for it. We are big fans of Okolie and expect him to score another decisive victory at Wembley. With or without the support, he's a talent who will be focussed on winning the world title.
That puts us in the position of predicting how he wins the fight. With Krzysztof on the back of a KO/TKO, we're going with the stoppage, but the Pole will be more cautious than he was last time. He certainly won't go on the attack early. Take a punt on Okolie in rounds 7-12 at a decent 11/4 on the Sportsbook.