After achieving his dream of becoming a world champion, Chris Billam-Smith is ready to defend the WBO cruiserweight title with honor. The Epsom-born fighter defended the belt against Mateusz Masternak at the Bournemouth International Centre on December 10. The fight airs on Sky Sports in the U.K. and Peacock in the U.S.
A two-time English National Championship silver medalist, Billam-Smith started boxing at 16 and turned pro in 2017. "The Gentleman" lost against Richard Riakporhe in 2019 and has won nine fights since. He beat Craig Glover for the Commonwealth cruiserweight title and followed that up by beating Tommy McCarthy in 2021 for the British cruiserweight championship.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of Chris Billam-Smith vs Mateusz Masternak.
Date: Sunday, December 10.
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Main Event: 5:15 p.m. ET
The fight is on December 10, a Sunday. The main card starts at 7 p.m. local time, or 2 p.m. ET, with the main event scheduled for around 10:15 p.m. local time, or 5:15 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
"For me it's the toughest test of my career to date stylistically," Billam-Smith said. "He does everything very, very well. He's the most rounded fighter I will have faced by a long stretch.
"I think stylistically we're similar in a lot of areas and that's why it makes it a fantastic fight.
"It's going to be an entertaining fight, our styles will clash really well. It can't be a bad fight."
"For 17 years I've waited for this time when I can have an opportunity to get a title. During these 17 years, I was winning, I was losing, I had tough fights but now is the time I get my dreams, for myself, for my fans and for Poland too," Masternak said.
"In his last fight Chris showed his strong will, he showed he can change the game plan.
"He's tough but he has a challenge against my experience and my toughness."