The Bournemouth beachfront is gearing up for an early Christmas treat on Sunday, December 10th, as the cruiserweight champion, Chris ‘The Gentleman’ Billam-Smith (18-1, 12 KO’s), prepares for his first defense of the WBO World Cruiserweight Championship.
Facing off against Billam-Smith is the formidable Polish boxer, Mateusz Masternak (47-5, 31 KO’s), who boasts an impressive record, including stints as the European, IBF, and WBA Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion. Masternak is currently ranked #5 in the world by the WBO and #9 by the WBC.
This championship bout is set to be the main attraction of the BOXXER card, held at the Bournemouth International Centre, and it will be broadcast live and exclusively on Sky Sports.
Masternak’s return to the UK is highly anticipated, marking his first appearance since his 2015 European championship showdown with Tony Bellew. He enters this fight on a six-fight winning streak, with three of those victories ending in knockout, including a fourth-round stoppage of Armend Xhoxhaj from Albania, who had previously gone five rounds with Billam-Smith last year. This showdown promises to be a thrilling encounter for fans and boxing enthusiasts alike.