Chris Billam-Smith returns to the ring for the third time in 2022 as he defends his European and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles against Armend Xhoxhaj at the Bournemouth International Centre on Saturday evening.
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Chris Billam-Smith v Armend Xhoxhaj Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions
No-one can accuse Chris Billam-Smith of ducking opponents as he gets ready to defend his European and Commonwealth titles for the third time in the same calendar year.
His first fight of 2022 saw him defend both of his belts against Tommy McCarthy on April 16 and he disposed of the Irishman in eight rounds.
He then went up against Isaac Chamberlain on July 30 and got his arm raised with a unanimous points decision victory.
He is definitely a fighting champion. He has a professional record of 17 fights, 16 wins and just one defeat. That one loss was against Richard Riakporhe in 2019 and there is no shame in that.
His opponent on Saturday – Armend Xhoxhaj – comes from Kosovo and goes by the nickname of The Bombardier.
He is no mug. He has 14 wins under his belt – seven by knockout – but this is a step up in class for Xhoxhaj and I cannot see him troubling CBS.
Billam-Smith has 11 wins by way of knockout and I am backing him to bag number 12 and end this contest in the fifth round.
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Chris Billam-Smith v Armend Xhoxhaj Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Chris Billam-Smith: “The motivation is huge. What’s next for me is a hometown fight for a world title at the dream venue. That’s the dangling carrot and that’s why I’ve got to perform and why I can’t take my eye off this week and this event on Saturday night. [Xhoxhaj] can be dangerous if you’re not switched on. He comes forward. He throws lots of shots. He’s got a really good right hand. So, it’s about staying switched on in this fight and performing really well and not giving anything away and controlling the fight from the very first moments. If you play with fire you’re going to get burned. That’s what I’ve got to be aware of and not let him fight his fight too much. I’ve got to be able to adapt and adapt through the fight and do what’s right for me.”
Armend Xhoxhaj: “I was expecting for a long time to come to England and box here because it’s a place where boxing is at home. I am a visitor here and I will not leave it to the judges’ decision.”
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