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Lawrence Okolie vs David Light report
Who won Okolie vs Light?
Lawrence Okolie beat David Light by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 25th March 2023 at AO Arena in Manchester.
The scorecards were announced as 116-112, 119-108, 117-110 in favor of winner Lawrence Okolie.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which meant the weight limit was 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
This contest was for the WBO cruiserweight championship of the world.
The undercard featured the clash of Clarke vs Dinu.
Okolie vs Light stats
Lawrence Okolie stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 18 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
David Light made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 20 wins and 0 draws, with 12 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Okolie had advantage in power over Light, with a 78% knock out percentage over Light's 60%.
Lawrence Okolie was the younger man by 1 year, at 30 years old.
Okolie had a height advantage of 3 inches over Light. That also extended to a 7-inch reach advantage.
Both Lawrence Okolie & David Light fought out of an orthodox stance.
Okolie's experience as a professional fighter was relatively equal to Light's, having had 2 less fights, and made his debut in 2017, 7 months earlier than Light, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 11 more professional rounds, 108 to Light's 97.
David Light was ranked number 1 by the WBO in the 200lb division.
Okolie vs Light form
Okolie had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against David Light on 25th March 2023 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at AO Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Michal Cieslak on 27th February 2022 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at The O2 Arena, London.
Going into that contest, he had beat Dilan Prasovic on 25th September 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Before that, he had defeated Krzysztof Glowacki on 20th March 2021 by knockout in the 6th round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London.
He had won against Nikodem Jezewski on 12th December 2020 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Wembley Arena, London.
Light had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Brandon Glanton on 2nd December 2022 by split decision in their 10 round contest at Whitesands Events Center, Plant City, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Vikas Singh on 8th October 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow, Newcastle, Australia.
Going into that contest, he had beat Anthony Martinez on 7th May 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Hialeah, United States.
Before that, he had won against Mose Auimatagi Jnr on 19th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand.
He had beat Lance Bryant on 13th November 2020 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Sky City Theatre, Auckland.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Lawrence Okolie had been fighting more than David Light.
Going to this contest, Lawrence Okolie had last fought 2 months and 17 days ago, while David Light's last outing had been 6 months and 9 days ago.
Okolie's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 35 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7 rounds on average.
Light's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 29 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 24 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.8 rounds on average.
What time did Okolie vs Light start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM GMT at AO Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom, which was 6:00 PM EST or 3:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Okolie vs Light?
The ProBox TV US show is expected to begin at 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST. The Sky Sports Action broadcast of the card is expected to start at 7:00 PM (BTS).
What were the odds on Okolie vs Light?
Lawrence Okolie was a 1/10 (-1000) favourite going into the contest, while David Light made his way into the ring at 11/2 (+550) with oddsmakers.