Ola Afolabi vs. Lukasz Janik
To Golovkin vs. Stevens Nov. 2
Ola Afolabi will challenge Poland’s Lukasz Janik for the
vacant International Boxing Organization’s Cruiserweight
World Title on Saturday, NOVEMBER 2 in The Theater at
Madison Square Garden, announced Tom Loeffler, Managing
Director of K2 Promotions.
The Afolabi/Janik 12-round clash will be part of MONSTERS
COLLIDE, the Middleweight World Title Clash between boxing’s
fastest rising star, WBA/IBO Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin
and world ranked contender Curtis Stevens.
Presented by K2 Promotions in association with Main Events,
GGG Promotions and Madison Square Garden, tickets for
MONSTERS COLLIDE, priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50 are on
sale at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all
Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone
(866-858-0008) and online at
“We’re very excited to add this compelling cruiserweight
clash to an already sensational event,” said Loeffler. “Ola
has proven to be one of the top cruiserweights in the world
and is thrilled to be fighting in New York City for the
Over the last four years the London born, Los Angeles based
Afolabi, 19-3-4 (9KO’s) has battled in three classic wars
with current cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck, most
recently on JUNE 8 of this year. In spite of having no
amateur bouts, Afolabi has demonstrated the ability to
compete at the highest levels of the sport.
“Ola has the draw and a majority decision loss to Huck in
his last two fights, but always expressed interest in facing
any of the top cruiserweights. This is a great matchup as
Janik hasn’t lost in four years and has defeated many of the
top fighters in Europe,” continued Loeffler.
“It seems like my whole career has been defined by my fights
with Marco Huck” said Afolabi. “I’m happy to move on and
very excited to be fighting in the United States and at
Madison Square Garden in particular. I watched a lot of
fights when I was growing up on TV from there and always
thought ‘one day I will fight there.’”
About his future plans, Afolabi stated, “First I have to
take care of business on November 2 against Janik and win
the IBO title. After that I’m ready for any of the top names
at cruiserweight. It’s a hot division right now with a
number of great fighters.”
The 27-year-old Janik has compiled a record of 26-1-0
(14KO’s), over his six-year career.
Fighting out of Jelenia Gora, Poland, Janik has won eleven
fights in a row and this will be his third start of 2013.
Also featured at MONSTERS COLLIDE is an outstanding
heavyweight battle between Cuban born Mike “The Rebel”
Perez, 19-0-0 (12KO’s), now living in Ireland and Russia’s
Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov, 18-0-0 (18KO’s), for the WBC
USNBC Heavyweight Title
The Golovkin/Stevens and Perez/Abdusalamov bouts will be
televised Live on HBO®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.