Belts on The Line
Current rankings @ Cruiserweight
When is Okolie vs Makabu?
Lawrence Okolie could face the challenge of Ilunga Makabu in Summer 2022 in the United Kingdom.
The fight would take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which means the weight limit would be 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
Okolie vs Makabu stats
Lawrence Okolie would step 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.
Ilunga Makabu would make his way to the ring with a record of 29 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 25 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Makabu would have a slight advantage in power over Okolie, with a 86% knock out percentage over Okolie's 78%.
Lawrence Okolie is the younger man by 5 years, at 29 years old.
Okolie has a height advantage of 5 inches over Makabu. This also extends to a 9-inch reach advantage.
Lawrence Okolie fights out of the orthodox stance, while Ilunga Makabu is a southpaw.
Okolie is currently the less experienced professional fighter, having had 13 less fights, and made his debut in 2017, 8 year and 9 months later than Makabu, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He has fought 69 less professional rounds, 84 to Makabu's 153.
Lawrence Okolie goes into the fight ranked number 1 by the RING at cruiserweight.
Ilunga Makabu is currently ranked number 4 by the RING in the 200lb division.
Okolie vs Makabu form
Okolie remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he won against Michal Cieslak on 27th February 2022 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Dilan Prasovic on 25th September 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Going into that contest, he had beat Krzysztof Glowacki on 20th March 2021 by knockout in the 6th round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London.
Before that, he had defeated Nikodem Jezewski on 12th December 2020 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Wembley Arena, London.
He had won against Yves Ngabu on 26th October 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at O2 Arena, London.
Makabu has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight, he defeated Thabiso Mchunu on 29th January 2022 by split decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Packard Music Hall, Ohio, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Olanrewaju Durodola on 19th December 2020 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.
Going into that contest, he had beat Michal Cieslak on 31st January 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of The.
Before that, he had won against Aleksei Papin on 24th August 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
He had beat Dmitry Kudryashov on 16th June 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg.
In terms of recent activity, Lawrence Okolie has been fighting more than Ilunga Makabu.
Lawrence Okolie last fought 5 months and 20 days ago, while Ilunga Makabu's last outing was 6 months and 18 days ago.
Okolie's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 21 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 6 rounds on average.
Makabu's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years and 2 months, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 9.6 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Okolie vs Makabu?
Ilunga Makabu is currently (+100) to win the contest outright, while you can get (+100) on Lawrence Okolie if you fancy the incredible upset.