Heavyweight Derek Chisora would like to see unbeaten Lawrence Okolie capture the cruiserweight world title and then make a move in weight for a showdown with veteran Dillian Whyte.

Okolie will face former champion Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO world title on March 20. And Whyte's rematch with Alexander Povetkin will take place a week later, on March 27.

"Okolie will smoke that guy then have two choices - stay at cruiserweight or come up to heavyweight," Chisora told Sky Sports News.

"If I was him? Win that one, then go to heavyweight and challenge Dillian Whyte."

Okolie, who is managed by Anthony Joshua, could potentially collide in the future with Richard Riakporhe, who is Whyte's protégé.

Two years ago, there was some tension between Okolie and Whyte, because the unbeaten cruiser posted footage of a sparring session that they shared and publicly stated that he would beat Whyte if they met in the ring.

"Dillian spoke about me on the day that I posted. I didn't like what was said, so that's his opinion of my boxing, so I made my opinion on him and my boxing," Okolie explained at the time to Sky Sports.

"In terms of moving up to heavyweight, I believe definitely it's something that's going to happen. I always believe in myself and I've always set targets and gone and accomplished them. I'm not going to single him out and say I'm gunning for Whyte. I'm doing my own career, but at the end of the day, I don't say stuff for no reason."

At the time, Whyte issued a very firm warning to Okolie.

"Look, I don't have much time for sparring stories. Sparring is sparring, but Okolie is living on another planet. The last boxer to make up a sparring story about me was Chisora and everyone saw how that ended. If Okolie steps up to heavyweight I would end his career," Whyte said.