Lawrence Okolie vs David Light: boxing preview and prediction

The world cruiserweight boxing champion Lawrence Okolie faces David Light in Manchester Arena on Saturday.

The 30-year-old is the current WBO champion, winning the title against Krzysztof Glowacki in 2021 and making two subsequent defences.

Light is the mandatory challenger who has a wealth of experience being a Commonwealth silver medallist and is undefeated through 20 professional fights.

This is the first fight for Okolie since February last year.

A win on Saturday pushes him towards the champions of the division such as Badou Jack and Jai Opetaia.

However, he has to get past the New Zealander first who can still pull off an upset.

The fight will be interesting as Okolie will try to use his range to keep his opponent on the back foot whereas Light will look to come forward and try to box on the inside.

Where to watch

The undercard action starts at 7 pm on Sky Sports Action and Main Event.

But the main event ring walks will begin at around 10:30 pm on Saturday night.


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Frazer Clarke vs Bogdan Dinu – the Olympic Bronze medallist faces step up in competition against a WBA title challenger. 

Callum Simpson vs Celso Neves – undefeated super-middleweight prospect Simpson fights live for the first-time on Sky Sports.

Karriss Artingstall vs Linzi Buczynskyj – the Olympic Bronze medallist continues to climb the pro ranks.


Both men are incredibly confident going into the fight with the challenger not intimidated by his opponent.

Light said: “I think (in all his other fights) they’ve been intimidated by him, its not something that happens to me very often.

“I’m feeling confident about this.”

Okolie is not underestimating his opponent but still believes he will make a statement in Manchester.

He said: “I’ve been out the ring a little while but it will be good to make a good statement against a good fighter.”

While Light is a good operator in the ring, the size and power of Okolie is the difference maker.

MM’s prediction is that Okolie will win the fight by knockout in the later rounds with the challenger putting up a fight but ultimately being overpowered by the Brit. 

Whatever happens on Saturday night it promises to be an explosive clash.

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