RETURN OF THE KING: BILLAM-SMITH DEFENDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST MASTERNAK IN BOURNEMOUTH ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 10TH
- Billam-Smith returns to Bournemouth for first defence of WBO World Cruiserweight Championship
- World #5-ranked Polish powerhouse Masternak rides six-fight win streak into South Coast showdown, live on Sky Sports
- 2020 Olympic Silver Medallist Ben Whittaker makes his highly-anticipated ring return against Stiven Leonetti Dredhaj on December 10th
- South coast stars Michael McKinson and Lewis Edmondson complete action-packed undercard for sold-out show in Bournemouth
The stage is set for another unmissable night of boxing in Bournemouth as local hero Chris Billam-Smith makes a triumphant return to defend his WBO World Cruiserweight Title against Mateusz Masternak on Sunday, December 10 live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA.
2020 Olympic Gold Medallist Lauren Price is set to face Italy’s former European Champion Silvia Bortot. Having made history earlier this year by becoming the first female to win a British title, Price (5-0, 1 KO) will be aiming to end 2023 with a statement win against Bortot (11-3-1, 3 KOs), who previously went the distance with former unified world champion Mikael Mayer.
Fellow 2020 Olympic Medallist Ben Whittaker has an opponent set for his hugely-anticipated return to the ring. Future boxing superstar Whittaker (4-0, 3 KOs), who has been wowing crowds around the country with his flamboyant and unorthodox style, returns to the scene of his spectacular pro debut to take on Stiven Leonetti Dredhaj (11-2-1, 3 KOs).
Having impressed on previous visits to Bournmoeuth, Michael McKinson (25-1, 4 KOs) will make the short trip from Portsmouth to take his place on the undercard. The 29-year-old southpaw stopped Lebin Morales last time out at Vitality Stadium and will be hoping a similar victory can set him up for a title run in 2024.
Southampton light heavyweight Lewis Edmondson (7-0, 3 KOs) completes the bill as he looks to extend his unbeaten record against Dmytro Fedas (8-4-2, 5 KOs). ‘The Saint’ claimed his seventh pro win with a technical decision victory over Petar Nosic on the undercard of Billam-Smith’s world championship winning fight in May.
Following his victory over Stanley Stannard in an official eliminator bout during BOXXER’s visit to the Vitality Stadium in May, Bournemouth’s Lee Cutler (13-1, 7 KOs) will face Obi Egbunike (8-2-1, 1 KO) for the vacant English Super Welterweight Title in a potentially show-stealing 50-50 clash.
And fresh from her impressive debut, 18-year-old bantamweight Francesca Hennessy (1-0, 1 KO), the daughter of renowned boxing manager and promoter Mick Hennessy, can continue the perfect start to her professional career when she gets back under the bright lights in Bournemouth.
Order and fight card subject to change
Chris Billam-Smith – W
WBO World Cruiserweight Championship
Ben Whittaker – W
Light Heavyweight Contest
Lauren Price – W
Lee Cutler – W
Vacant English Super Welterweight Championship
Francesca Hennessy – W
Michael McKinson – W
Lewis Edmondson – W
Light Heavyweight Contest