Lawrence Okolie made the third defense of his WBO cruiserweight title against David Light, looking to make a statement in what had been a slump since his victory over Krzysztof Glowacki due to an acrimonious split with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing. The fight was far from entertaining, but a strong final round by Okolie ended with a comfortable victory.
Meanwhile, Frazer Clarke made light work of Bogdan Dinu, and fellow Olympic hero Karriss Artingstall secured her third professional win. Michael Gomez Jr controversially beat Levi Giles to become the English super-featherweight champion.
The Boxxer undercard at the AO Arena produced plenty of action despite the somewhat lackluster performance from Okolie and Light. Clarke showed his skill in the ring, and Artingstall is obviously an up-and-coming star. Gomez Jr caused a stir with his controversial win, adding to the atmosphere of the event.
It remains to be seen what comes next for Okolie as he looks to unify the 200lbs division before jumping to heavyweight. To get there, he’s going to need some strong performances, and his fight with Light wasn’t quite enough. But, the other fights on the undercard showed there was plenty of potential from the fighters.