Lawrence Okolie appears to have a brand new opponent sealed for his large nighttime.
The cruiserweight, who has raced to 14-0 with eleven KOs within the professional ranks for the reason that turning over, will box on Saturday at the SSE arena in Wembley, London.
Okolie is a former British and European champion who has also held the Commonwealth title twice and the WBA Continental bauble and he had been set to meet a former world champion in the form of Krszystof Glowacki on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s next battle.
Joshua, whose 258 administration enterprise looks after Okolie’s profession, will put his WBO, WBA super, IBF and IBO world titles on the line against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, the IBF’s obligatory challenger, exclusively live on Sky sports box office and DAZN.
‘The Sauce’ become supposed to face Poland’s Glowacki for the vacant WBO world title in the 200-pound division on the equal invoice, nevertheless it became revealed lately that the 34-12 months-old (31-2, 19 KOs) had gotten smaller COVID-19, ruling him out of the showdown.
A shortlist of replacements was drawn up through Eddie Hearn and Matchroom activity, with Michal Cieslak apparently accurate of the pile.
Cieslak (20-1, 14 KOs) was in motion final Saturday and knocked out Taylor Mabika inside six rounds, with Okolie tweeting almost immediately after: ‘we’ve a battle.’
Boxing Scene, however, is familiar with that a transformation of coronary heart has now been had and the person who will field Okolie on Saturday nighttime in England’s capital will as an alternative be Nikodem Jezewski.
Jezewski, like Glowacki and Cieslak, is Polish and has a listing of 19-0-1 with 9 brief finishes. The 29-year-historical become ultimate within the ring back in October when he gained the Republic of Poland title with an unanimous resolution over Marek Prochazka.
No announcement has yet been made by way of the official channels related to a substitute opponent for Okolie, but Boxing Scene believes it should be made all the way through fight week –– after photographs have been posted on social media of the fighter boarding a airplane –– ahead of Joshua’s first time out in additional than 12 months in view that he outpointed Andy Ruiz Jr. at the Diriyah area in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia to develop into a two-time global ruler.
Qais Ashfaq, who’s now additionally beneath 258 administration, will get the opportunity to soar lower back from his first profession defeat when he faces Ashley Lane on the undercard and heavyweight Hughie Fury is in motion against former Dillian Whyte foe Mariusz Wach.
Martin Bakole faces Sergey Kuzmin for the vacant WBC international title in the game’s premier division after it changed into relinquished by Filip Hrgovic of Croatia and Senegal-born Frenchman Souleymane Cissokho, who won a bronze medal on the Rio Olympics back in 2016, will face former British tremendous-welterweight title challenger Kieron Conway over 10 rounds.
but Ramla Ali, who made her expert debut lower back in October, will now not characteristic as planned on the card after being clinically determined with COVID-19.