Fans can look forward to an all-British clash as cruiserweight pair Chris Billam-Smith and Isaac Chamberlain prepare to meet in Bournemouth at the end of July.
Billam-Smith will be desperate to win in front of his home fans on the south coast, but Chamberlain will be a dangerous opponent as he continues his rise through the rankings.
|What:||Chris Billam-Smith vs Isaac Chamberlain|
|Where:||Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth|
|When:||Approx 22:00, Saturday 30th July, 2022|
|How to watch:||Sky Sports|
|Odds||Chris Billam-Smith 8/15, Isaac Chamberlain 11/8|
Billam-Smith is regarded favourite for the bout at the end of July but Chamberlain remains a dangerous opponent.
The fight will take place on Saturday, July 30th, 2022, just a month after the bout was announced.
The undercard is due to start at 7pm, so the ring-walk for the main event should start around 10pm, depending on the results from earlier.
The Bournemouth International Centre will host the cruiserweight battle between Billam-Smith and Chamberlain.
It is usually used for hosting national conferences of major British political parties and trade unions, but it has been chosen due to Billam-Smith's affiliation with Bournemouth.
The 31-year-old will get the chance to shine in front of his home fans, and he will return to Bournemouth for the first time since 2018.
Sky Sports have already confirmed they will host the fight, as both fighters look to move closer to a world title shot.
Billam-Smith is the slight favourite for July's fight at 8/15. The powerful cruiserweight comes into the bout with a better record, but those that fancy backing Chamberlain to pull off a surprise victory can do so at 11/8.
Billam-Smith is the reigning European and Commonwealth champion, and he will defend those belts in July against his British rival.
The winner could be given a world title shot, with newly-crowned IBF champion Jai Opetaia open to defending his title later this year.
The Australian beat Mairis Briedis to win the title earlier this month, and his promoter Dean Lonergan has confirmed he could fight the winner of Billam-Smith vs Chamberlain.
Billam-Smith's career started back in 2017, and he has since won 15 of his 16 fights.
'The Gentleman' has won by knockout on 11 occasions, including his latest victory against Tommy McCarthy in Manchester in April.
Billam-Smith's sole defeat came in 2019 when he lost to Richard Riakporhe via split decision.
Chamberlain has a similar record to Billam-Smith, losing just once in his 15-fight career.
He lost a grudge match to London rival Lawrence Okolie in 2018, who has since gone on to win a world title.
Chamberlain decided to go back to the drawing board after that defeat, and he has since won five fights on the spin.
Eight of Chamberlain's 14 victories have come via stoppage, and he should give Billam-Smith a tough night's work.
The attention will be on Ben Whittaker as he makes his professional debut on the undercard against Greg O'Neill.
Whittaker has decided to put himself in the firing line, with his debut coming over six rounds rather than the traditional four.
Fellow Olympic-medallist Frazer Clarke will also return to the ring against an as-yet unnamed opponent, while Southampton's Joe Pigford will fight for the vacant WBO European super-welterweight title.
Scotland's John Docherty will take on unbeaten Diego Costa at light-heavyweight, while Mikael Lawal, Hassan Azim and Lee Cutler will also return to the ring.
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