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Chris Billam can’t let down his hometown fans in the Isaac Chamberlain fight.

Chris Billam-Smith and Isaac Chamberlain weigh in for their European title fight on the beach in Bournemouth; Billam-Smith intends to use hometown support to power to win in the hazardous Chamberlain battle. Chris Billam-Smith weighed in for his defense of the European and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles against Isaac Chamberlain on the beach in Bournemouth under … Continue reading Chris Billam can’t let down his hometown fans in the Isaac Chamberlain fight.

Chris Billam-Smith and Isaac Chamberlain weigh in for their European title fight on the beach in Bournemouth; Billam-Smith intends to use hometown support to power to win in the hazardous Chamberlain battle.

Chris Billam-Smith weighed in for his defense of the European and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles against Isaac Chamberlain on the beach in Bournemouth under the scorching sun.

Fans from Billam-hometown Smith’s gathered around the sand stage to cheer him on. Even though tomorrow’s combat will be serious business, he couldn’t help but smile. This is what he has always desired.

“For me, I got into the sport because of the atmosphere. I watched my mate box as an amateur,” he said. “Everyone was chanting his name. I remember stopping chanting and thinking ‘I’d love to be a part of that atmosphere and have all of that atmosphere there for you.

Chamberlain, on the other hand, was unconcerned about the noise of the audience or the final matchup with tomorrow night’s opponent. He’s a far cry from the fighter he was when he lost to Lawrence Okolie in 2018. Chamberlain’s promoter, Mick Hennessy, says that the time he spent secluded but sparring and training in America hardened him and transformed him “into a beast.”

Whittaker is one of three Tokyo Olympians competing in the event. Frazer Clarke, a super-heavyweight bronze medalist, stands six feet six inches tall and weighs 19th 8lbs. But he faces a formidable opponent in 22st 1lb Argentine Ariel Esteban Bracamonte in his second pro fight.

Caroline Dubois, a member of Team GB, competes in her third professional competition tomorrow. She gave her next opponent, Happy Daudi (9st 10lbs 5oz), a chilly staredown after weighing in at 9th 11lbs. At the Bournemouth International Centre, everyone will be looking to make an impression.

On the undercard, power punchers include Southampton’s Joe Pigford (10st 13lbs), who faces Raphael King (10st 11lbs), and hot prospect Hassan Azim (10st 9lbs 5oz), who will be tested by Jacob Quinn (10st 8lbs 5oz).

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