Okolie Stops Glowacki In Six To
Win WBO Cruiserweight World Title
12 x 3 mins vacant WBO Cruiserweight World Title
LAWRENCE OKOLIE WKO6 (0:46) v KRZYSTOF GLOWACKI
(Hackney, England) (Walcz, Poland)
Lawrence Okolie crushed Krzysztof Glowacki to be crowned the
new WBO Cruiserweight World Champion in just his sixteenth
fight at The SSE Arena, Wembley, live on Sky Sports Box
Office in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200
countries and territories.
Okolie unloaded a devastating finishing punch to drop
Poland's Glowacki heavily in the sixth round and referee
Marcus McDonnell waved off the fight to confirm the
coronation of Britain's newest World Title holder.
The unbeaten 28-year-old from Hackney had emulated the likes
of Tony Bellew, David Haye and Johnny Nelson, who previously
held world crowns in the 200lb class,
"I donít think it has sunk in yet,Ē said Okolie. ďItís nice
hearing you say it. Iím happy. For me, itís more of a
relief. The potential has been there for over a year. Iím
happy to get the victory. Now and forever, Iíll be a World
"I was just really focused on putting on a good performance.
Iím physically very strong and punch hard. Iím very fit, so
I can win on just those attributes at a certain level. I
really focused on not rushing any shots because heís very
dangerous with counter shots and heís very heavy-handed. His
jabs were very solid, so I had to be very meticulous in
keeping the distance. It was a good clean performance.
"All of the British former World Champions wishing me good
fortune really touched me Ė shout out to them. From every
run that I ever did, losing all of that weight, deciding to
take a risk, having my parents support me financially when I
couldnít afford to get the bus down to the gym for training.
To see it all pay off with a World Title is a dream come
true Ė never give up. We can just go on from here. I need to
keep pushing myself to prove myself as the best."
10 x 3 mins International Super-Featherweight contest
JOE CORDINA MD10 (96-96, 98-93, 96-95) v FAROUKH KOURBANOV
(Cardiff, Wales) (Liege, Belgium)
Joe Cordina overcame Faroukh Kourbanov by majority decision
on his long-awaited ring return.
With one judge having declared the fight a draw, scores of
98-93 and 96-95 were enough to see Cordina register his 12th
straight victory in the professional ranks.
Cordina showed his class in the first half of the
Super-Featherweight fight before somewhat fading as he was
forced to settle for the points win in his first fight since
"I didnít think it was close at all,Ē said Cordina. ďI think
he nicked one or two rounds, maybe three. I was comfortable
and I didnít really get out of second gear. I let him work a
couple of times throughout the rounds, maybe I shouldnít
have. I got a good valuable ten rounds out of that and itís
something to build on. Iíll put on a better performance in
my next fight.
"It wasnít about just going out there and trying to blow him
out of there. We knew he was tough, thatís why we chose him.
Both of his losses before me were to European Champions.
Heís gone the distance a lot of times, we knew he was
durable. We got the rounds under our belt and I felt I hurt
him a couple of times. He was cute at times.
"I had 16 months out of the ring. He came to win and thatís
what I wanted. The hand felt fine, I let it go a few times.
I didnít want to overdo it. Tony told me to let the shots
flow so thatís what I did. I shouldnít have any problems
with my hand now. Itís time to build on that. If I want to
be a World Champion, I have to get past people like
Kourbanov. I didnít really get out of second gear."
10 x 3 mins WBA Intercontinental Super-Welterweight Title
ANTHONY FOWLER WKO3 (2:08) v JORGE FORTEA
(Liverpool, England) (Sueca, Spain)
Anthony Fowler demolished Spain's Jorge Fortea with a
dramatic third-round knockout to retain his WBA
Intercontinental Super-Welterweight Title.
The Liverpudlian dropped Fortea with a stiff jab and then
unloaded a huge right hand to floor the 30-year-old for the
ďI surprised myself, Iím not going to lie,Ē said Fowler. ďI
thought it was going to go to points. I half play myself
down. He just went 12 rounds with a Russian 18-0 killer, IBF
No.1. Iím boxing at a much lower level. Iím the first one to
"I get a few trolls sometimes telling me that Iím boxing at
English Title level and theyíre right, itís not my fault.
Iím asking for these big fights. I havenít been getting
them. Iíve said to Eddie, Ďthrow me in mate, letís see what
Iím made ofí. Try and get me smashed and letís see how I get
"He went down from a stiff jab which I was surprised about.
I heard Shane say, Ďdonít rush ití, but I knew there was ten
seconds left so I thought Ďf*ck ití. I had to throw one bomb
at least, luckily enough it landed. He was actually better
than I thought he was going to be.
"The first round was even and in the second round he caught
me with a good shot. The jab was landing but he was quite
tricky. I started throwing to his body to slow him down. The
finish was nice, it was a nice straight hand. I was glad he
stayed down; it could have been a long night that.
"I could have cried in that ring; it means that much to me.
My coach genuinely believes in me more than me. Iíve got the
power in both hands and Iíve got the ability. Me and Metcalf
is an unbelievable fight. I know he wants it; Iíve heard him
talking about it. The whole city would be buzzing. Put me in
with Garcia and Iíll beat him too.Ē
6 x 2 mins International Featherweight contest
ELLIE SCOTNEY WPTS6 (59-55) v MAILYS GANGLOFF
(Catford, England) (Aix-les-Bains, France)
Catford Featherweight prospect Ellie Scotney added her
second professional victory with a composed points win over
France's Mailys Gangloff.
The 23-year-old gave glimpses of her talent, catching
Gangloff with crisp combinations in a six-round points
ďIt was definitely a learning fight for me for sure,Ē said
Scotney. ďNormally in your second fight youíre going to box
someone thatís not coming to win. She wasnít an idiot; sheíd
had five fights. I learnt a lot from that and thereís a lot
to build on. Iím thankful for that.
"She was very angry wasnít she. Sheís as tough as they come,
and I think Iím going to benefit a lot from it. Itíll give
me a kick up the backside. Iíve got a lot more work to put
in, which I love doing. Iíve got a long way to go.
"It was my birthday this week, I've just turned 23, I want
to push on and I know Iíve got it in me. Now itís time to
start delivering. Womenís boxing is going from strength to
strength. Hopefully I can get on the undercard of one of the
big ones in May."
10 x 3 mins vacant WBA Continental Cruiserweight Title
CHRIS BILLAM-SMITH WUD10 (99-90, 99-90, 97-93) v VASIL DUCAR
(Bournemouth, England) (Brno, Czech Republic)
Chris Billam-Smith dropped Vasil Ducar twice during a
hard-fought points victory that saw him claim the vacant WBA
Continental Cruiserweight Title and progress to 12-1 (10
The Bournemouth contender, trained by Shane McGuigan,
floored Ducar with a right hand in the fourth round, then
sent him back to the canvas with a body shot.
But the Czech 31-year-old fired back with clubbing shots as
Billam-Smith was made to work for a unanimous decision.
ďI felt comfortable in there at all times, even when he had
his little spurts,Ē said Smith. ďIt was really good for me.
I thought I was going to become the first man to stop him. I
had him down a couple of times, but he was a tough tough
man. If I was going to rate it out of ten, Iíd probably give
myself a 6.5 or 7 out of ten.
"Iíve got plenty to work on in the gym and I can improve a
lot. The main thing was getting the win. I got that and Iím
happy. I hit him with a great body shot, I felt it really
sink in, and then I dropped him to the head as well. He was
dipping and I was trying to hit him just over the top of his
gloves. Those Czechs are tough and all respect to him.
"Unfortunately, I didnít get the stoppage, but the main
important thing was the win. I switched off a couple of
times during the fight because I felt very comfortable. I
let my hands get leaky probably two or three times during
the fight and he clipped me, but I wasnít buzzed or hurt at
all. I saw everything coming so you can always take
something out of the shots.
"Iíve definitely got improvements to make. That was my 13th
fight and Iím always about improving every day in the ring.
Iím very grateful to have such great stablemates and such a
great coach. Iíd love to get the Tommy McCarthy fight as
soon as possible."
6 x 2 mins Featherweight contest
RAMLA ALI WPTS6 (60-55) v BEC CONNOLLY
(Bethnal Green, England via Somalia) (Swindon, England)
Bethnal Green Featherweight Ramla Ali dominated Bec Connolly
over six rounds, winning 60-55 on the referee's scorecard to
move to 2-0.
The Somalia-born boxer displayed her classy ring skills from
the opening bell, nearly stopping Connolly with a sustained
attack in the third round before completing another
one-sided points win.
ďApart from the shiner on my face Iím very satisfied,Ē Ali
told Matchroom. ďRegardless of what the scales said, I gave
away about half a stone. I weighed-in in like two pairs of
jogging bottoms just so I could match the weight. I felt the
weight difference for sure, but I tried to not let her use
her weight advantage against me.
"I tried to maintain the centre of the ring as much as
possible, which I did. Iím really satisfied with how I
performed. Sheís tough but I got it done. Jobi always says
you canít beat the feet Ė and heís right! I was always
moving off from the double jab. We work a lot on footwork,
and I feel like I did really well with my footwork.
"She was the one calling me out saying that she wanted to
fight me. Donít then turn around and complain that youíve
had short notice. Youíre a professional, if I was calling
someone out, Iíd be ready any time. She said she had a
couple of daysí notice. I donít know what to say about that
"Everyone is nervous before getting in the ring because it
means so much to you. You want to prove yourself and you
want to show all of your friends and family that are
watching at home that youíre worthy of watching. You want to
put on a good performance and have a good fight. The moment
that bell went all of the nerves went and I was razor
focused on getting the job done. The Olympic dream is still
alive and Iím still hopeful to go, and hopeful to compete.
Iím still hoping to progress in my professional career."
8 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
BRADLEY REA TKO1 (2:03) v LEE CUTLER
(Stretford, England) (Bournemouth, England)
Stretfordís Bradley Rea maintained his unbeaten record by
stopping Lee Cutler inside the opening round to move to
10-0, (4 KOs) in the first fight of the night.
With Ricky Hatton in his corner, the 23-year-old
Middleweight prospect flew out of the blocks, unloading
punishing shots on his opponent from Bournemouth.
The Steve Wood-managed youngster had been out of the ring
for over a year due to the pandemic but showed no signs of
ring rust as he put Cutler down three times before the
referee waved off the contest.
"I'm over the moon," Rea told Matchroom afterwards. "It has
been a long time coming. It was a long camp; it's been 12
months. I've been wanting to box on shows like this my whole
life. Hopefully I can get on these shows a bit more
regularly after that performance.
"Prior to this I've only had three stoppages, so I think he
thought I wasnít going to hit hard. Itís something that
weíve been working on, planting my feet. Iíve been working
on a bit of strength and conditioning stuff while weíve had
this year off. It has been quite beneficial to me I think.
Iím feeling strong at the moment,
"I had a great camp. Iíve been hurting people in camp. I
knew if I landed cleanly, Iíd hurt him. Iím in no rush, Iím
still only 23. I want to be in fights like this. In the
build-up to this fight Iíve had that fear factor that Iíve
not had in my previous fights. I knew that if I wasnít on my
game I would have lost tonight. Lee is a good kid. I just
found gears that I didnít know that I had. Hopefully in
fights to come Iíll find even more.Ē