Lawrence Okolie


World Championship Boxing: Okolie v Cieslak

🥊 Sunday night championship boxing at The O2 sees cruiserweight star Lawrence Okolie put his world title on the line against Polish dangerman Michal Cieslak. See below for ticket information. 

RESULT: Congratulations to Lawrence Okolie who retained his WBO world cruiserweight title in a points victory over Michal Cieslak at The O2, setting the Londoner up for a potential unification fight against IBF champion Mairis Briedis later this year.  Stay tuned here for news of Okolie’s next fight in the capital.  And for spectator events coming up in London – including boxing – visit our What’s On page now!

Stand by for a Sunday night with a difference on the Greenwich Peninsula as London’s Lawrence Okolie tops a night of world championship action presented by Matchroom Boxing.

Known as ‘The Sauce’, Okolie has taken to life in the professional ranks seamlessly since he turned over from the amateur ranks after representing Team GB at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Hailing from Hackney and lacing potent punching power with an awkward but effective style, Okolie has already amassed an impressive collection of belts and boasts a unbeaten record of 17 wins from 17 fights, with 14 coming by way of knockout.

In February 2018 Okolie beat bitter rival and fellow Londoner Isaac Chamberlain to claim the WBA Continental Title, adding the Commonwealth, British and European belts before capturing the WBO world cruiserweight title in March 2021.

Tonight Okolie makes a second defence of his world title and across the ring is a man not to be taken lightly.  32-year-old Michal Cieslak, from Poland, brings a record of 21 wins from his 22 fights as a professional.  Cieslak’s solitary defeat coming in January 2020 when he fought Ilunga Junior Makabu for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title which Makabu still holds.

A packed undercard includes the professional debut of 2020 Olympic champion Galal Yafai who won flyweight gold for Team GB in Tokyo.  Yafai fights Mexico’s Carlos Bautista.  France’s Karim Guerfi and Jordan ‘The Thrill’ Gill from Cambrige meet for the European featherweight title and middleweight prospect Anthony Fowler look to get back to winning ways (against Lukasz Maciec from Poland) having been stopped in his last fight against Liam Smith.  Also appearing on the card are Campbell Hatton and another Olympian making his debut, cruiserweight Cheavon Clarke.


Lawrence Okolie vs Michal Cieslak
Galal Yafai vs Carlos Vado
Karim Guerfi vs Jordan Gill
Fabio Wardley vs Daniel Martz
Anthony Fowler vs Lukasz Maciec
Demsey McKean vs Ariel Esteban Bracamonte
Campbell Hatton vs Joe Ducker
John Hedges vs Aleksander Nagolski
Cheavon Clarke vs Tony Visic

🔑 Doors open at 4pm.

🥊 Show starts at 5pm.

🥊 Main event (Okolie v Cieslak) ring walk at circa 10pm.

🎟️ Tickets are now off-sale.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Getting to The O2 via tube is recommended.  North Greenwich station is right on the doorstep and on the Jubilee Line in Zones 2 and 3.  Get there from Central London in 20 minutes, or Stratford in 10 minutes.  Arrival by river, car, bus and cable car is also available.  See thisGetting to The O2‘ guide for full details. 

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