We analyse the credentials of hard-hitting cruiserweights Lawrence Okolie and David Light as the pair get set to do battle at Manchester's AO Arena this weekend.
'The Sauce' will finally make his debut under the BOXXER banner at the AO Arena on Saturday night as he makes his long-awaited return to in-ring action.
The unbeaten WBO cruiserweight champion is the huge 1/10 favourite to retain his title despite his well-publicised dispute with former promoter Eddie Hearn rendering him inactive for over a year.
Okolie has made two previous defences of the he secured courtesy of an impressive victory over Krzysztof Głowacki in March 2021, and will be keen to extend that run to three as he bids to make up for lost time and fully unify the exciting 200-pound division.
Like Okolie, New-Zealander Light, an 11/2 underdog, has yet to taste defeat since turning professional, but, by his own admission, has yet to share a ring with a fighter of the calibre and power of the ferocious and unorthodox Londoner.
There’s no doubt that the Englishman will be expecting to preserve his unbeaten record, and inflict a first defeat upon his 31-year-old opponent, but knows there will be little room for complacency or ring-rust against a contender who is backing himself to cause a serious stir in the cruiserweight division.
Victory for the 20-0 fighter would propel him to the summit of the cruiserweight division, and set-up either a money-spinning rematch or edge him towards his own unified showdown with one of the other .
But whilst the confidence is flowing from within the inner-sanctum of Team Light, the finer details and boxing make-up of the two lean heavily in Okolie's favour.
|Lawrence Okolie||David Light|
|Nickname:||The Sauce||The Great White|
|Height:||6ft 5ins||6ft 2ins|
|Trainer:||SugarHill Steward||Isaac Peach|
|Record:||18-0 (14 KOs)||20-0 (12 KOs)|
|Titles:||WBO cruiserweight champion||WBO Global cruiserweight champion|
|Best Win:||R6 TKO v Krzysztof Głowacki (Mar 2021)||SD v Brandon Glanton (Dec 2022)|