Chris Billam-Smith will make the primary defence of his WBO cruiserweight world title towards Mateusz Masternak on Sunday December 10 in Bournemouth, reside on Sky Sports activities.
Energy-punching Pole Masternak is extremely skilled with a 47-5 (31) document and has lengthy been urgent for his world title shot. At the moment ranked No 5 with the WBO, Masternak will problem Billam-Smith on the Bournemouth Worldwide Centre, headlining a giant BOXXER invoice.
Returning to the UK for the primary time since his 2015 European championship conflict with Tony Bellew, Masternak is using a six-fight win streak into the bout.
Three of these wins have come by knockout, one in every of them a fourth-round stoppage of Albania’s Armend Xhoxhaj, who went 5 thrilling rounds with Billam-Smith final 12 months.
Having offered out the BIC on two earlier events, December will mark Billam-Smith’s third time headlining Bournemouth’s largest indoor area. It will likely be his first contest since Could, when he beat Lawrence Okolie in entrance of a capability crowd on the Vitality Stadium.
Forward of his maiden world title defence, Billam-Smith has dedicated his future to BOXXER by signing a brand new prolonged cope with the next-gen promoter, which features a dedication to rematch Lawrence Okolie in a repeat of their sold-out stadium combat.
That occasion was the largest boxing occasion in south coast historical past and Billam-Smith’s return to motion in December will likely be a triumphant year-end homecoming.
Grateful for the years of loyal assist, the champion requested the Sunday slot with a purpose to permit travelling Bournemouth AFC followers to return from Saturday’s away sport.
“Mateusz Masternak is an excellent fighter, he is proved that all through his profession. He is obtained double the quantity of fights that I’ve – he is really obtained extra KO wins than I’ve fights – and his solely losses are on the very high degree. His model matches properly with mine and I feel it is going to be a really thrilling combat, I am actually trying ahead to it,” stated Billam-Smith.
Masternak stated: “I feel Chris Billam-Smith is an excellent boxer. He confirmed his warrior soul in his final combat and proved that he deserves to be champion. I’ve a whole lot of respect for him in that method, however I consider extra in my abilities and my expertise. I have been dreaming of the world championship since I began boxing. My boxing journey has been like a film, all of the highs and lows. I hope in December we get the most effective scene. I am trying ahead to preventing in England once more, the followers create an ideal environment there.”
BOXXER founder and CEO Ben Shalom added: “Chris Billam-Smith wished his first defence of the WBO world cruiserweight championship to be a giant crowd-pleaser of a combat in his dwelling city. Mateusz Masternak ticks all of the containers; he is ranked No 5 on the earth, he is obtained a ton of expertise and he not often takes a backwards step. He is a really harmful opponent and Billam-Smith is taking a critical threat right here.
“Anybody who has ever skilled a BOXXER occasion on the Bournemouth Worldwide Centre will know simply how loopy the environment will get in there and I feel this one will take that to a brand new degree, the gang are going to boost the roof. We’re ending the 12 months with a assured Christmas cracker and I can not wait.”