By Jonathan Nagioff (@jonathannagioff)
Bournemouth Cruiserweight boxer Chris Billam-Smith says he has been surprised with the level of support which will be spurring him on, when he faces Robin Dupre at York Hall on Saturday night.
Billam-Smith, (6-0-0) will put his unbeaten record on the line against former Commonwealth title challenger, Dupre (13-1-0) in an eliminator for the Commonwealth strap on the undercard of Martin Bakole’s heavyweight dust-up with Michael Hunter.
The ‘Gentleman’, whose previous two bouts have been staged at Boscombe’s O2 Academy has been humbled with the raft of supporters making the trip down to London for Saturday’s showdown.
Billam-Smith exclusively told Buzz: “I boxed there as an amateur but I’m looking forward to boxing there as a pro.
“It’s a slightly different set up and a slightly different atmosphere so I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’ve done unbelievable on my tickets. I can’t believe how well we’ve done. We’ve sold as many for this fight as I have at home so it’s going to be some atmosphere in there.
“We’ve sold nearly 200 tickets which is great when you’ve got to travel two and a half hours from home.
“So, I’m really looking forward to putting on a show in front of everyone who has bought tickets off me.”
The former Poole ABC man went the distance for the first time in his career in June, as he battled past Michal Plasnik, but is expecting a chess match when he tackles Dupre on Saturday.
Billam-Smith continued: “With Dupre he’s more of a boxer he moves well, he’s awkward so definitely early on I think it’ll be more of a thinking fight rather than my last one.
“My last one was a bit more gritty as such rather than a thinking fight it was quite an intense fight because the ring was quite small, so this one the ring is going to be slightly bigger and the opponent is going to be more of a mover and it’s going to be harder to hit clean.”
Dupre, is well accustomed to fighting at York Hall with all four of his previous bouts contested in North London.
And the 31-year-old will be hoping to set up another Commonwealth title challenge, following his knockout defeat to Luke Watkins for the belt last October.
However, Billam-Smith remains confident that he has the tools to come through the assignment unscathed.
“The most important thing is that I win and with it being such a big crowd and its being televised, I want to put on a good performance.
“The win’s the most important thing, I have no prediction. Just get in there and do my thing and get the job done.
“I am confident going into the fight, very confident.”
Buzz understands that the winner of this fight is in line to face the winner of the vacant Commonwealth title showdown between Wadi Camacho and Arfan Iqbal on November 17th.
Final tickets for Chris Billam-Smith vs Robin Dupre can be purchased directly from Chris on: 07969053529.