Krzysztof Glowacki The Latest Fighter To Catch COVID-19
There is a famous saying that patience is a virtue. That has never been more evident for boxing in 2020 amid a global pandemic. British cruiserweight contender Lawrence Okolie (14-0, 11 KOs) is the latest example of a fighter who now has to abide by that to achieve his dream.
The British cruiserweight prospect must now wait just a little while longer for his first world title opportunity. On December 3, Matchroom Boxing announced that Okolie’s fight against former WBO World Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (31-2, 19 KOs) for the vacant WBO Cruiserweight strap, for the time being, is now in jeopardy. The reason being because Glowacki tested positive for COVID-19.
Okolie v Glowacki was looking to happen on December 12 on the undercard of IBF/WBA ‘Super’/WBO World Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s (23-1, 21 KOs) title defense against IBF Heavyweight mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs). Upon hearing the news, Okolie took to Twitter to offer only a two-word response.
Matchroom CEO Eddie Hearn says Okolie will appear on the December 12 card. The hunt is now on for a substitute opponent among the top ten WBO cruiserweights. Hearn is looking to find a replacement in hopes of the fight still being for the vacant WBO strap.
At this point, it is questionable whether Hearn can find such a replacement in nine days. The more likely scenario is that Okolie will engage in a bout against a lesser opponent in hopes of fighting Glowacki for the vacant world title in the first quarter of 2020. Please stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing for further developments.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.