Sunday night marks the return of Lawrence Okolie to the ring as he defends his WBO heavyweight title against Michal Cieslak.
The champ is preparing for his first fight since beating Dilan Prasovic on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September and faces a fighter with just one loss in his record 22 fights, with 15 of his wins by knockout.
A former world title challenger, Poland’s Cieslak hasn’t fought since beating Yury Kashinsky in May 2021.
This will be Okolie’s second title defense, he won the title in March 2021 and is headed either for a unification bout with the winner of Mairis Briedis and Jai Opetaia or a move up to heavyweight, if he victorious fate.
Here’s everything you need to know about the fight.
Okolie vs Cieslak date, start time, venue and ring walks
The fight will take place on Sunday February 29, 2022 at the 02 Arena in London and will continue despite recent damage from Storm Eunice.
The main card is set to begin around 5pm GMT, with main event ring walks currently scheduled for 9pm GMT. This, however, is subject to change, as is always the case with live events.
Okolie vs Cieslak fight card / undercard in full
Lawrence Okolie vs. Michal Cieslak
Galal Yafai vs. Carlos Vado
Karim Guerfi vs. Jordan Gill
Fabio Wardley vs. Daniel Martz
Anthony Fowler vs Lukasz Maciec
Demsey McKean vs Ariel Esteban Bracamonte
Campbell Hatton vs. Joe Ducker
John Hedges vs Aleksander Nagolski
Cheavon Clark vs. Tony Visic
How to watch Okolie vs. Cieslak
TV channel: The entire map will be broadcast on DAZN platform, a subscription for which will cost you £7.99 per month.
Direct: The DAZN platform also offers a live stream through their app.
Live: Follow all the main card action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated Fight Nights blog.
Okolie vs Cieslak weigh-in details
All fighters will weigh in at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, London from 1pm GMT on Saturday 26th February 2022.
Prediction Okolie vs Cieslak
Cieslak has an impressive pedigree, but it’s hard to look beyond a quick win for Okolie.
The champion has an arsenal of big shots that his opponent might just be inclined to step on.
Okolie vs Cieslak Odds
Victory Okolie: 1/10
Cieslak victory: 5/1