WBO cruiserweight champion Chris Billam-Smith defends his title towards Mateusz Masternak on Sunday, December 10 at Bournemouth Worldwide Centre in Bournemouth, England. Forward of their 12-round world championship bout, the fighters hosted a launch press convention in London, the place their previewed their conflict and went nose to nose.
33-year-old Billam-Smith (18-1, 12 KOs) makes the primary protection of the belt that he claimed towards former champion Lawrence Okolie by majority determination in Might. Epsom, Surrey native goes by means of the ropes for the second time for 2023 and the third time at BIC, having beforehand bought out this venue twice.
“He does every part very effectively,” Billam-Smith stated on his subsequent opponent. “He’s essentially the most effectively rounded fighter I’ll have confronted up to now. He’s very effectively rounded and has no apparent weaknesses. I feel stylistically we’re very comparable in a whole lot of areas and I feel will probably be an amazing struggle. Will probably be an entertaining struggle, our kinds will mesh very well.”
“The venue channels sound so effectively and you’ve got hundreds of Bournemouth followers in there singing their hearts out. That sort of environment is definitely what first impressed me to enter boxing and I’m simply so fortunate to have the assist that I do.”
36-year-old Mateusz Masternak (47-5, 31 KOs) steps contained in the ring for the primary time since final October. The native of Iwaniska, Poland makes his first try and land a world title.
“I’ve been ready for 17 years to get a world title shot,” Masternak stated. “It’s been a protracted journey with a whole lot of ups and downs however now I’m able to take a belt. I’ve been very affected person however the wait is nearly over. Chris has coronary heart however he’s not confronted anybody with my expertise and my toughness.”
“There’s a big Polish neighborhood within the space and although it’s Chris Billam-Smith’s territory, I’ll have some assist in there as effectively. It’s going to be a superb evening.”
The bouts featured on Billam-Smith vs Masternak undercard are anticipated to be introduced shortly.
In Australia, the occasion airs stay on Monday, December 11.
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