After stripping cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis of his title for pursuing the WBSS finals against Yuniel Dorticos instead of rematching Krzysztof Glowacki, the WBO has officially ordered #1 Glowacki to face #2 Lawrence Okolie for the vacant title. The pair will have 15 days to negotiate.
Glowacki (31-2, 19 KO) shocked Marco Huck to claim the WBO title back in 2015, defended it by repeatedly dropping Steve Cunningham en route to a decision win, and subsequently lost it to the fast-rising Oleksandr Usyk soon after. He reclaimed a version of the belt in the WBSS quarterfinals two Novembers ago, defeating Maksim Vlasov for the interim title, and followed that up with the bonkers battle against Briedis that led to this whole mess.
Okolie (14-0, 11 KO), whom I occasionally mix up with fellow British up-and-comers Daniel Dubois and Joshua Buatsi before correcting myself with “no, the boring one,” has enjoyed quite the productive 2019. His four knockouts saw him defend a WBA trinket and the British cruiserweight title, the latter of which he ultimately vacated, and claim the European title in October with a knockout of Yves Ngabu.
One would hope that whoever wins this will then fight the Briedis-Dorticos winner or WBA champ Arsen Goulamirian.