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David Light ready to challenge WBO champion Lawrence Okolie on March 11

David Light

Undefeated New Zealand cruiserweight David ‘The Great’ Light 20-0 (12) has landed the shot of a lifetime when he takes on reigning WBO 200-pound champion Lawrence ‘The Sauce’ Okolie 18-0 (14) in London on March 11.

The bout was scheduled to go to purse bids but both parties agreed to a deal ahead of the deadline.

The 31-year-old Kiwi climbed off the canvas in his 10-round split decision victory over highly-regarded American Brandon Glanton 17-1 (14) in Florida on December 2.

Londoner Okolie, 30, will be making the fourth title defence of the vacant belt he won against Krzysztof Glowacki 32-3 (20) by sixth-round knockout in his hometown in March 2021.

Light’s trainer Isaac Peach believes the fight is coming at the perfect time for his charge.

“It’s perfect,” Peach told RNZ on Friday. “It gives us a month of recouping [David’s] body and then we’ve got a 10-week camp to that date. It’s absolutely perfect.”

The fight against the 6-foot-5 Okolie will be another step up for Light, but one that Peach is confident Light is ready for.

“Okolie is the best champion in the [cruiserweight] division. He’s huge, six-foot-five, is a massive puncher and knocks most people out,” Peach said.

“It’s a big test but I also think he’s a bit vulnerable in some areas, so it’s up to us to exploit those. We’re going to be big underdogs, but I think we’re going to win.”

It will be the first time Peach has coached a boxer for a world title fight.

“I don’t think it’s sunk in at all. It’s pretty unbelievable and it seems like a bit of a dream,” he said.

“It’s been a goal for everyone in the gym and for one of them to be here now is crazy.

“2022 was huge but 2023 is going to be even bigger. They’re all ready to take whatever big fights get thrown at us.”

The bout will be promoted by BOXXER rather than Okolie’s regular promoter Matchroom Boxing, who he is currently in litigation with.

“BOXXER is delighted to confirm it will be promoting the WBO world cruiserweight title fight between Lawrence Okolie and challenger David Light. More details, including a venue for the contest, will follow in due course,” a spokesperson for BOXXER said.