Highlights: Chris Bilam-Smith heads Isaac Chamberlain at Bournemouth

Highlights: Chris Bilam-Smith heads Isaac Chamberlain at Bournemouth


Chris Billam-Smith found his home fight in Bournemouth, England, and he, the fans and Isaac Chamberlain made it something for everyone.

In front of a packed crowd, Billam-Smith retained the European and Commonwealth Cruiserweight titles with a 117-111 decision from all three judges. A nasty left hook was a little too close for Billam-Smith at 115-113, but the official scores were enough.

Billam-Smith (16-1, 11 KO) and Chamberlain (14-2, 8 KO) led from the first round to the end, putting on an excellent fight. There weren’t any huge dramatic moments, but there was a steady flow of action throughout, seeing Billam-Smith pick up the pace, Chamberlain getting some success, and then back and forth.

The 31-year-old “Honorable” looked to be in the final third of the season but it may have been the home crowd that carried Billam-Smith, but he continued to push on at key moments. Under significant pressure towards the end of most rounds, which I’ve seen a couple more times than I’ve seen, and probably rightfully so.

In the 12th and final round, the 28-year-old Chamberlain really had to hang on as he gave everything he had in search of a stoppage. There were times when it looked like Balaam-Smith was going to go away, but he was able to dig in and hold on again.

“Isaac is a fighter. I knew it was. I know when to just go quiet, give him a little hit, and then take it away from him and break his heart,” Balaam-Smith said. “The only way (Chamberlain) is going to win this fight is with my mentality (skating), and my mentality is incredible.”

Billam-Smith hasn’t made any particular calls on the world’s patent holders – and he and Lawrence Okolie are gym-mates, unless that changes. Instead, he said he would simply continue doing his job.

“I’ve learned to do it to beat all those people, but I’ll learn, and I’ll do it,” he said.

Chamberlain received a standing ovation from the crowd.

“It wasn’t my night. Lots of ring rust and I’ve never done 12 laps before but I’ll be back in the gym as soon as possible, he said. “This is my first 12-rounder, but hey, man, I’ll be back. I’ll be back.”

Chamberlain said he would “100 per cent” return to Bournemouth.

Ben Whittaker TKO-2 Greg O’Neill

Skye raised the hell out of Whittaker’s professional debut, and showed every aspect of his character in three minutes and 27 seconds in the ring.

Expecting a stoppage win here for Whittaker, O’Neal (6-7-1, 1 KO) was a good choice for a first-time opponent, and he tried his best to get by Whittaker, but didn’t quite succeed. .

In brief on Whittar:

A silver medalist in Tokyo, a legitimate light heavyweight prospect. 25, however; It’s not old, obviously, but it’s closer to the finished product than many who work on their projects. Trained by SugarHill Steward, so he definitely wanted to get a very “pro-style” trainer out of the gate, which I think was a great idea for him. Whittarker said a lot about how well they got along, how well they got along. Arrogant. Partly for show, I suppose – and as a mind game – but partly for truth. He has great confidence in his abilities. On that note, he won’t be an easy fan favorite – but if he wins and supports all that extra personality, he’ll gain fans and some big bucks. People love a winner, and when they win, they love a handsome fighter. The other side of that: if he burns early, the heretics will beg to mock him bitterly.

Put it on your radar. Boxx and Sky obviously have high hopes for Whittar, they have reason to, and he can deliver it all. He is very talented and will get every opportunity to make his mark on the sport.

More highlights and results

Fraser Clarke TKO-2 Ariel Esteban Bracamonte: While Bracamonte (11-9, 6 KO) is no great shaker, he is a tough, solid, experienced fighter. So give Clark (2-0, 2 KO) some credit for his earlier stoppage win here, he earned it. Bracamonte is a man who seems to be overmatched as he makes the A-side look, and the A-side has done his job in this. Questions remain as to how far the 30-year-old Clark can go as a professional, but the man can fight. Hasan Azim PTS-6 Jacob Quinn: Azim (4-0, 2 KO) tried too hard for a first-round stoppage, and got a count by Quinn (4-2, 0 KO) in the first 20 seconds or so. But despite pushing for an early finish, it didn’t happen, and then he had to struggle by just a hair in the rest of the fight. He looked good, definitely a cut above Quinn, who hasn’t fought in a couple of years, but maybe he could have looked calmer and sharper in the opening frame without rushing to end things. Caroline Dubois TKO-3 Happy Daudi: A very easy win for Dubois, who moves to 3-0 (2 KO) by dominating and forcing the stoppage. Dowdy (11-11-1, 6 KO) had nothing for DuBois, who was sharp and focused on the task at hand. The spread is a bit long, but I can be more specific: Developing Dubois will be difficult, as is the case with any talented young female prospect, because there is no middle ground that separates the bad fighters from the good fighters. On the sports side. There is almost no depth in any room. There are some good fighters and then the quality falls off the cliff. So, as comes with real potential, DuBois will keep busy, keep working out in the gym, and hopefully be ready when it’s time to face a good guy, because in women’s boxing, you jump up from the two races. That “ladder climb”

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