Billam-Smith retains WBO cruiser title

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WBO cruiserweight champion Chris Billam-Smith (19-1, 13 KOs) retained his title with an eighth round TKO over Mateusz Masternak (47-6, 31 KOs) on Sunday night at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England. Masternak beat hometown hero Billam-Smith to the punch and outworked him for most the fight. Billam-Smith, however, got the win when Masternak suddenly quit on his stool after round seven due to an apparent rib injury. Official time :02 of round eight. Masternak was ahead 5-2 on two scorecards at the time of the toppage.

2020 Olympic medallist Ben “The Surgeon” Whittaker (5-0, 4 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round KO against Stiven Leonetti Dredhaj (11-3-1, 3 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout. A battered and bloody Dredhaj took a knee in round three and Whittaker laid him on his back in round four to end it. Time was :54.

2020 Olympic gold medallist Lauren Price (6-0, 1 KO) shut out former European champion Silvia Bortot (11-4-1, 3 KOs) in an eight round female welterweight clash. Score was 80-72.

Super welterweight Lee Cutler (14-1, 7 KOs) outscored Obi Egbunike (8-3-1, 1 KO) over ten rounds for the \vacant English title. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 96-95.

Welterweight Michael McKinson moved to 26-1, 4 KOs by outpointing previously unbeaten Musah Lawson (11-1, 9 KOs) over ten. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91. McKinson’s only loss was to Vergil Ortiz.

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    • I think so too. She’s too strong and too young for McCaskill. Ryan is an interesting fight. She should go for it and become the youngest real champ. Or gum for Harper. Who do you have in that fight? I think I think Price takes her as well in a firefight.

      • The thing about Harper (and Jonas and now Mayer) is that she came up from 130/135 and didn’t stop at 140 or 147, she went all the way to 154 to get easy titles after Shields vacated and that isn’t her natural weight and MAYBE 147 isn’t either (although she’s definitely grown. That girl’s upper body is very large), but it is definitely Price’s. So I think Price will have a size advantage over most of them because she’s a natural welterweight. She won’t have one over Ryan or McCaskill, but I think she’s just better than they are.

        Presuming Harper does come down to 147 where the competition is, maybe in 2025 Harper – Price would be an excellent fight and…. I might lean Price right now, but definitely need to see her in with better fighters next year.

        • Harper did in fact skip welter. I forgot…I assumed, since that’s the “normal” course of action. I think the 3 younger lionesses are going to clean up the older ones and then, as you said, set up for 2025. Hey, next 2 years has serious potential between 148 and 154.

  • Wow, I will be interested to know what any doctor results are. I was not all that impressed with Smith as a boxer when I saw his title winning fight. He reminded me of Sven Otke in looking for the referees help during that fight.
    Did the Pole know he was perhaps ahead on the score cards?

  • I was off. It bought it would be the other way around with Masternuk, So I guess it’s crow for dinner.

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