LAWRENCE OKOLIE held on to her WBO cruiser world title after winning a tight match against Polish limper Michal Cieslak.
With friends A-lister Anthony Joshua and UFC icon Israel Adesanya put him in the ringFans were hoping for a Hollywood performance from the 29-year-old Hackney ace.
However, after Cieslak was pinged by the first serious punch of the O2 match, slashing a wound to his left cheek, he spent the next 11 innings fighting and grappling with the decision to lose.
The umpires called it 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112, with Cieslak also skipping in fifth place.
Okolie said: “I tried to speed things up and do my shots with love, but he was making things difficult.
“I was trying to find my shots but he held and suffocated, I dropped him in the fifth round but he was tough and he had a huge crowd cheering for him. he.”
Former McDonald’s cashier started working on slashing Cieslak with slashes to his body and huge right hand that stunned him early on.
That first serious blow was almost the only one and left a bleeding bruise on Pole’s left cheekbone.
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The Limit Mandatory Challenger looked deeply troubled by the opening closing bell while Okolie enjoyed receiving 60 seconds of praise and information from the coach Shane McGuigan.
The passionate Polish crowd drowned out the support of the home team Okolie but he made all the right noise in the ring.
Cieslak was shocked and eager to seize and take advantage of every opportunity after the scalloped hit he had opened.
Cieslak’s first hit was a left hook he jumped in that stroked Okolie’s bearded chin.
But ‘The Sauce’ dug in and retaliated with a right hook to Cieslak’s ribs and a straight shot to his skull.
In the fourth inning, Cieslak was cautioned by referee Michael Alexander for slit Okolie’s throat with a headbutt when he asked them to break and a wrestling match broke out after the bell before Alexander pulled them off.
But the first clean shots of the fifth shot sent Cieslak to the ground, when Okolie used his massive shield to shove a two into his face and he fell to the ground at eight.
Cieslak’s spoiling becomes tedious in season six and he should have been deducted a point as a deterrent but sometimes Okolie is just as bad.
The match against O2 was hard to follow in season eight as Cieslak was only interested in hurling illegal punches to Okolie’s back in constant claps and at the end of season nine he aimed a late punch at Okolie’s ribs after the bell.
Ninety seconds into the tenth, Okolie got her revenge with a punch straight into her enemy’s jaw. The photo from the same textbook landed again shortly after when Okolie had her people on the shelf.
The initial screeching of one stinking man turned into a strong stench on the eleventh day when both men were tied up for too long.
Twelfth day couldn’t come fast enough, with the prospect of a train home on Sunday starting to be more appealing than the rest of the game.
Okolie fell to her knees after the final scuffle but it wasn’t considered a takedown and the show’s end bell wasn’t premature.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4785177/anthony-joshua-ufc-israel-adesanya-lawrence-okolie/ Anthony Joshua and UFC champ Israel Adesanya step out of Lawrence Okolie and watch Brit journey through Michal Cieslak