Chris Billam-Smith bashed away at Vasil Ducar, but despite knocking the Czech boxer down twice, he could not get rid of him and had to settle for a unanimous points decision over ten on the Okolie-Glowacki undercard at Wembley.
Billam-Smith, a training partner of Lawrence Okolie who holds the Commonwealth cruiserweight title, is hopeful of a fight with Tommy McCarthy, if the Northern Irishman wins his upcoming fight with Romanian Alexandru Jur for the European title.
He loaded up continuously against Ducar, catching him continuously with clubbing rights, but he could not break Dicar’s resistance.
Indeed the Czech boxer did have some success, finding his way through with hooks of his own as Billam-Smith seemed content to have a punch-up.
Billam-Smith landed the vast majority of the clean shots, though, knocking him down with a heft right in the fourth and with a left hook to the body in the sixth. It says a lot for Ducar;s toughness that he was able to go the distance.
Steve Gray and Marcus McDonnell both scored it 99-90, while Bob Williams had it 97-92. The referee was Michael Alexander. The win gave Billam-Smith a minor WBA belt.
Ramla Ali was too accurate and too sharp for Bec Connolly, as she recorded her second win as a professional with a wide points win in a featherweight six-twos.
Ali was always a step ahead and boxed well, claiming a 60-55 decision on referee Bob Williams’s card.
Also winning her second professional fights was Ellie Scotney, who recorded a one-sided points win over Mailys Gangloff in a super-bantamweight six.
Gangloff got on the front foot from the opening bell, but that suited Scotney who drew her in and measured her with a series of hooks with both hands. By the end of the first round, Scotney was teeing off and Gangloff was blocking most shots with her face.
The French boxer crowded Scotney a bit more in the second round, not giving her as much room. It worked for Gangloff, who was still not winning much, but she wasn’t getting hit as hard.
Scotney was made to duck and move in order to get her openings and, while Gangloff did not stop trying, it was the Londoner who collected referee Marcus McDonnell’s 59-55 decision.
Bradley Rea took no time in cutting Lee Cutler down to size, knocking him down three times before referee Marcus McDonnell waved it off at 2:03 of the first round of a scheduled middleweight eight.
Rea, from Manchester, is now unbeaten in ten fights. Cutler had been unbeaten in seven.
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.