Lawrence Okolie v Michal Cieslak Boxing Predictions & Betting Tips | Sports News

Julian Finney

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Julian Finney

Free Boxing Tips, Best Bets & Analysis For Lawrence Okolie vs. Michal Cieslak from the O2 Arena in London on Sunday evening.

where to watch

DAZN, around 10 p.m. Sunday

Best bet

Lawrence Okolie vs. Michal Cieslak in less than 8.5 rounds
1pt 8-11 bet365

Jordan Gill vs. Karim Guerfi ​​to go the distance
1pt 11-10 Betfair, Paddy Power

Preview of the fight

Lawrence Okolie defends his WBO cruiserweight belt against Michal Cieslak on Sunday night and we could be fighting to lift the roof at The O2.

It’s hard not to have second thoughts about Okolie after putting in a pair of lukewarm displays against British rivals Matty Askin and Isaac Chamberlain in 2018. However, the Hackney hitter has answered all calls, he remains unbeaten and has propelled his career to new heights when stopping Krzysztof Glowacki to win the WBO belt last year.

Okolie has plenty of power at cruising weight and he throws punches from unorthodox angles. This may prove problematic for Cieslak, but the Pole is a heavy hitter himself.

It will only be the second time the boxer from Radom has fought outside his homeland, but the other occasion gives us an indication of what to expect from him on Sunday night.

Cieslak went 12 rounds with Ilunga Junior Makabu when he challenged the Congolese champion for the WBC cruiser title in 2020 and that’s the standout performance on the Pole’s card. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll see endless business at the O2.

Okolie’s heavy hands still carry a major threat and if Cieslak adopts a front foot tactic it could turn into a brawl, so falling back under nine rounds may be the best strategy.

Jordan Gill challenges Karim Guerfi ​​for the European featherweight title on the undercard at The O2 and, unlike the main event, it looks like a fight likely to go the distance.

Gill is a skilled and skilled fighter and will want to keep this fight at bay after suffering a bad cut in his previous fight against Alan Castillo.

Guerfi ​​won the title with good success over Andoni Gago, but only nine of his 30 wins have come by stoppage and this contest is expected to last the full 12 rounds.


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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 2:48 PM, FEBRUARY 26, 2022

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