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Krzysztof Glowacki ready to deliver Lawrence Okolie his first loss and regain WBO belt

Polish southpaw Krzysztof Glowacki 31-2 (19) is ready to regain the WBO cruiserweight title when he meets undefeated Englishman Lawrence Okolie 15-0 (12) for the vacant belt at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London on Saturday night.

The 34-year-old claimed the WBO strap in 2015 with an up-off-the-canvas 11th round knockout win over Marco Huck before knocking down Steve Cunningham four times in his points win the following year in his first title defence. Glowacki would lose the title to future undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk in 2016.

The fight against Okolie was originally scheduled to take place in December before Glowacki contracted Covid-19.

“I’m very happy I can finally fight after such a long layoff,” said Glowacki. “I was absolutely devastated when I found out I was Covid positive, but every cloud has a silver lining. Now I feel better than in December. When I came back to training after Covid, I had some stamina issues, but everything is okay now. I feel pumped up and ready.

“I’m hugely motivated for this fight. I’m going to have a great opponent in front of me who has big ambitions of his own. I heard Okolie had some plans to unify, but he has to beat me and it’s not going to happen. I will retrieve my belt and I will bring it back to Poland. I will become WBO world champion for the third time in my career, there is no other option.

“Okolie is unbeaten, he’s big and he’s strong. He has long arms and a huge reach, but I’ve noticed some weaknesses that you will see on the night. I’m ready for this fight and I’m ready to beat him. You will see on Saturday how I will beat him up. I’ve had a lot of sparring partners who were tall and uncomfortable.

“The support I receive from the Polish people will always motivate me. It’s a shame that they cannot support me in person because a lot of people would have turned out to support me in London, but instead they will be cheering me on in front of their televisions. I’ll bring the belt home for them.”

Glowacki’s trainer Fiodor Łapin said that his fighter’s supreme self-confidence was nothing new.

“I think it’s normal because when Glowacki was fighting for his title he was very self-confident, and experience was on our side, but we’ll see what happens,” Łapin said. “First of all, he will have to avoid those huge punches and then hit him hard. We’ll see how it goes.”

Glowacki added: “This is a privilege for me, I will fight strongly and I’m very confident for Saturday night. Okolie is an undefeated fighter so I’m expecting a very tough fight. It will be a strong fight; we can guarantee it so you cannot miss this one.”