Chris Billam-Smith is an English professional boxer, has been the reigning World Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion. In the period from 2019 to 2022, he also secured the European, British, and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles at the regional level.
Age- 33 years
Height- 1.9 m
Born- 2 August 1990
Birthplace-Epsom, United Kingdom
Profession- Professional boxer
Born on 2 August 1990 in Epsom, United Kingdom, he is the son of Carol and Alan. He has two brothers, Ben and Nick.
Chris Billam-Smith’s wife, Mia, is a accomplished interior designer who has been in a relationship with the British boxer for nearly nine years. Their relationship predates his professional career by over two years. At 34 years old, Mia resides in Bournemouth with her husband, actively contributing to her own successful career. While Chris excels in the boxing ring, Mia Billam-Smith has established herself as a successful professional in the field of interior design.
Mia Billam-Smith welcomed the arrival of a baby boy, marking the first-time parenthood for both ‘The Gentleman’ and his wife. The newborn has been named Frank.
Chris Billam-Smith took a serious interest in boxing at the age of 16, amassing a record of 32–11 while representing Poole ABC in various ABA Championships. Notable appearances include reaching the finals in 2013 and 2016, where he faced Jack Massey and Cheavon Clarke, respectively, unfortunately experiencing defeats in both instances.
Making his professional debut on September 16, 2017, under the guidance of Shane McGuigan, Billam-Smith secured a first-round technical knockout (TKO) victory over Russ Henshaw at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth, Dorset.
Despite an impressive 9–0 record (8 KO), Billam-Smith faced undefeated British prospect Richard Riakporhe (9–0, 8 KO) on July 20, 2019, at the O2 Arena in London, competing for the WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight title. In a televised bout on Sky Sports Box Office, he suffered his first professional defeat via a split decision (SD) over ten rounds.
On November 23, 2019, Billam-Smith contended for the vacant Commonwealth cruiserweight title against Craig Glover at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool. The fight, part of the undercard for Callum Smith’s world title defense, concluded with Billam-Smith securing a fifth-round TKO, claiming the Commonwealth title.
Billam-Smith successfully defended his Commonwealth title on August 7, 2020, facing Nathan Thorley and securing a second-round TKO victory at the Matchroom Sport headquarters in Brentwood, Essex.
In a highly competitive bout on July 31, 2021, during Matchroom’s Fight Camp, Billam-Smith faced Tommy McCarthy, prevailing by split decision and securing the British, European, and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles.
Continuing his success, Billam-Smith defended his European title against Dylan Bregeon on November 13, 2021, winning by unanimous decision at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England.
In a rematch with Tommy McCarthy on April 16, 2022, Billam-Smith emerged victorious with an eight-round technical knockout, solidifying his position.
Facing Isaac Chamberlain, Billam-Smith retained his Commonwealth and European cruiserweight titles, securing unanimous decision victories with scorecards of 117-111. He vacated the EBU Cruiserweight title in July 2022.
On May 27, 2023, in Bournemouth, England, Billam-Smith defeated Lawrence Okolie by majority decision, becoming the new WBO cruiserweight champion.
Scheduled for December 10, 2023, in Bournemouth, England, Billam-Smith is set to make the first defense of his WBO cruiserweight title against Mateusz Masternak.
Net worth 2023
Billam-Smith’s estimated net worth falls within the range of $1 to $5 million.
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Billam-Smith Secures Title Defense with Victory over Masternak in WBO Cruiserweight Bout
Referee John Latham called off the contest two seconds into the eighth round after Pole Masternak suffered an injury.
Although Billam-Smith initially struggled to keep pace with Masternak, his focused body work in the seventh round proved advantageous.
This marked Billam-Smith’s inaugural title defense, further extending his winning streak to 10 victories out of 20 fights in total. Notably, his lone defeat occurred in 2019 against Richard Riakporhe, and a potential rematch with the British rival is on the horizon.
Addressing the prospect of facing Riakporhe, who was present at the Bournemouth International Centre, Billam-Smith stated to Sky Sports: “I’ve never shied away from a fight. Richard and I squared off in our 10th bout when we both had similar records, representing a risk for both of us. The rematch would be incredible. I’ve improved significantly since then, and he might find that tempting.”
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