Lawrence Okolie and Chris Billam-Smith headlined a Boxxer event on May 27, 2023, from Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England
Okolie defended his WBO Cruiserweight World title Billam-Smith just two months after he defeated David Light in March 2023 via a one-sided unanimous decision. He maintained his unbeaten record which also has 14 knockouts. Okolie won this WBO title by beating Krzysztof Glowacki in March 2021. Okolie had also defended the title against Dilan Prasovic and Michal Cieslak.
Billam-Smith was on a 9-fights winning streak since his loss to Richard Riakporhe in July 2019. He was last in action to beat Armend Xhoxhaj for a knockout win in December 2022. His other two wins in 2022 came against Tommy McCarthy and Isaac Chamberlain.
The fight card was boosted by the presence of Issac Chamberlain in the undercard despite his opponent being changed now. Unbeaten Joe Pigford took on Sam Eggington in the co-main event while upcoming prospects Tommy Welch, Lewis Edmondson and Karriss Artingstall were also in action.
Check below for the results live from Lawrence Okolie vs Chris Billam-Smith boxing event with complete fight card, and other details.
Prelims Card(12 PM ET)
- Mace Ruegg def. Dean Dodge via points (40-36) – 4 rounds, Lightweight Bout
- Alireza Ghadiri def. Jonatas Rodrigo Gomes de Oliveira via points (58-55) – 6 rounds, Super Featherweight Bout
- Razor Ali def. Jonatas Rodrigo Gomes de Oliveira via decision (58-55) – 6 rounds, Featherweight bout (Watch Video)
- Tommy Welch def. Amine Boucetta via decision (59-55), 6 rounds, Heavyweight bout (Watch Video)
- Lewis Edmondson def. Petar Nosic via decision(head clash)(50-45) of round 5, 6 rounds, Light Heavyweight bout
Main Card(2 PM ET)
- Michael McKinson def. Lebin Morales via TKO in round 7, 8 rounds, Welterweight bout (Watch Video)
- Lee Cutler def. Stanley Stannard via decision(97-95), 10 rounds, Super Featherweight bout (Watch Video)
- Karriss Artingstall def. Jade Taylor via decision (79-72), 8 rounds Featherweight bout (Watch Video)
- Sam Eggington def. Joe Pigford via TKO in round 5, 10 rounds, Super Welterweight bout (Watch Video)
- Main Event: Chris Billam-Smith def. Lawrence Okolie via majority decision (116-107, 115-108, 112-112) , 12 rounds, WBO Cruiserweight Championship bout
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