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Billam-Smith Aims To Topple Glover, Get Riakporhe Rematch

Chris Billam-Smith has vowed to silence the crowd at the M&S Bank Arena Liverpool on Saturday when he clashes with local prospect Craig Glover for the vacant Commonwealth Cruiserweight crown, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

'The Gentleman' found himself on the wrong end of a split decision against big-hitting Londoner Richard Riakporhe in a close battle for the WBA Inter-Continental title at The O2 last time out in July and will be aiming to bounce back with a win against his former sparring partner, Glover.

Undeterred by his first professional loss, Billam-Smith (9-1, 8 KOs) hopes that a win over the Tony Bellew-managed Scouser will lead to a future rematch with Riakporhe, who meets Jack Massey for the vacant British title at York Hall on December 19.


“I’m going straight back into a big domestic fight and that’s exactly what I wanted," said Billam-Smith. “It can’t be a bad fight. We both like to let our hands go, we both like to get stoppages, throw big shots, there’s not any running from either of us. He’s not going to be holding and stuff like Riakporhe was. It will be a very physical fight but a lot less grappling and a lot more big shots going in.

"Last time at The O2 was a great experience, it was a good fight, one we thought that we won. We felt comfortable when the final bell went. That's obviously a rematch that I'd like in the future. He's going for the British title next month so maybe we can get it on for that in the new year. First up it's Craig and he has my full attention and respect.

"We've sparred before and Craig is a great lad but this is business and it can only be a cracking fight, I'm certain of that. We only sparred the once and it was only six rounds but it was a close spar, it was a good spar and a good one to watch. It was competitive the whole time and we both came out of it thinking that we would box each other for a title and here we are."

Glover has experienced mixed fortunes since turning over to the professional ranks in May 2016 on the Bellew  vs. Makabu World title blockbuster at Goodison Park. He lost in just his third pro outing before being dropped and stopped by Vaclav Pejsar in Liverpool earlier this year.

Despite this, the 28-year-old is remains highly-rated by many in the fight game, including former WBC Cruiserweight king Bellew. Billam-Smith is familiar with fighting on Merseyside and believes he has what it takes to silence Glover's fans once more.

“I boxed at the M&S Bank Arena as an amateur in the ABA's so I'm familiar with the place and the city as well. I love it up there, I love Liverpool as a city. The fans are very passionate people. Craig is a good lad and most scousers are. They’re all very nice people but unfortunately I’m going to have to silence them on the night.

"It’s going to be a bit more of a partisan crowd this time being in Liverpool but I’ll be bringing a few up from Bouremouth and London. My brother was actually there when Craig got stopped and he said it was very noisy up until the stoppage. That’s obviously the plan for me, to silence the crowd. It's a cracking fight and we're both exciting to watch with come-forward styles. I believe that it will be an absolute barnburner while it lasts."

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Comment by Mick Higgs on 11-19-2019

Trent Broadhurst & David Light fight early next month, so in ideal World it would be nice to see the two winners clash in the new year.

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