In a rather efficient move, the WBO is looking to determine a mandatory cruiserweight challenger for a belt that’s still vacant. Whenever Krzysztof Glowacki and Lawrence Okolie finally end up duking it out, possibly in March, the winner will then have to face whoever wins a freshly ordered final eliminator between #3 Dilan Prasovic and #4 Edin Puhalo.
That said, Carlos Toro added that the winner of Mairis Briedis vs. Yuniel Dorticos on March 21st can pursue a unification fight and supersede the mandatory.
Prasovic (13-0, 10 KO) and Puhalo (19-0, 18 KO) are essentially in the same boat, both being content to smash limited opposition on the European scene. Prasovic, a 25-year-old out of Montenegro, tore up victim-to-the-stars Jackson Junior in December, while 31-year-old Bosnian Puhalo stopped Rami Ali in his native Sarajevo last September. Both have won and defended WBO trinkets in the past, Prasovic the “Youth” title and Puhalo the “European” belt.
To say neither man is ready for Glowacki or Okolie is an understatement, but the WBO rankings are a weird hodgepodge at the moment, so this is what we get. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that they go for unification instead.