At the Bournemouth International Centre in the United Kingdom, on Sunday, Dec. 10th, Chris Billam-Smith will battle with Mateusz Masternak in a 12-round cruiserweight bout for the WBO World title.
Will the British “Gentleman” defend his WBO crown successfully, or will the Polish invader have enough tricks up his sleeve to cause an upset?
Ahead of Billam-Smith and Masternak trading blows, we’re here to guide your boxing bets online for the highly contested 200lb war.
Billam-Smith vs Masternak: Fighter Previews
Chris “The Gentleman” Billam-Smith
‘The Gentleman’ returns to his homeland, where he will defend his first world title in front of a loving audience. He earned this title by defeating his old training partner, Lawrence Okolie, in a remarkable upset during an enchanting evening at Vitality Stadium in May.
While en route to securing a resounding victory, ‘The Gentleman’ successfully knocked down Okolie on three separate occasions, thus attaining his 18th triumph out of 19 fights in his career.
His sole defeat occurred in July 2019 at the London O2 Arena, when he faced Richard Riakporhe and lost by a split decision. Ever since, he has exhibited superiority, triumphing in his last two bouts via technical knockout, resulting in a cumulative tally of 12 victories by knockout and just six by decision.
Don’t be fooled by the nickname “The Gentleman” because he’s far from it inside the squared circle!
Mateusz “Master” Masternak
Conversely, Masternak, a previous champion in the European Boxing Union’s Cruiserweight division, has an extensive professional record of 52 bouts, of which he has emerged victorious in 47.
Masternak had been absent from public view since his resounding triumph by unanimous decision in October 2022, when he defeated Jason Whateley inNosalowy Dwor, Poland.
More intriguingly, Sunday marks his homecoming to the UK, as the Polish boxer has predominantly competed in his own nation and has not achieved a commendable track record when competing abroad – A likely reason why our sportsbook isn’t putting much faith behind his moneyline pricing.
Billam-Smith vs Masternak: The Tale of the Tape
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Billam-Smith vs Masternak: Main Event Breakdown & Analysis
Billam-Smith Fight Style & How Can Billam-Smith Defeat Masternak
Billam-Smith displayed exceptional concentration and performed really well against the underperforming Okolie, causing his old acquaintance to fall to the ground three times in a quite peculiar manner.
Billam-Smith’s initial defense needs to be formidable, as he will face a seasoned, resilient, and strong veteran who, at the age of 36, is participating in a world title battle for the first time. However, it appears improbable that the veteran will be able to produce a significant upset throughout the match.
Masternak Fight Style & How Can Masternak Defeat Billam-Smith
Masternak exhibits a comparable technique as he maintains a somewhat upright posture, although his defensive guard is not as elevated as the champion’s. The absence of fight over the previous seven years on Masternak raises a significant concern, leaving us uninformed about his recent performance and level of excellence.
Best Boxing Betting Pick: Billam-Smith by KO/TKO (+185)
This bout is intriguing From a stylistic standpoint since both men are not elusive and can be easily struck. Billam-Smith strategically limits his opponent’s movement within the ring and aims to deliver forceful counterblows, prioritizing strength over speed. He’s often willing to take a strike in order to provide a more impactful counter.
I anticipate that Billam-Smith, who is three years younger than Masternak, will provide another impressive performance in front of his local fans. I expect him to perform at his highest level right from the beginning of the match, completely overshadowing his opponent.
It would be reasonable to expect a knockout victory from Billam-Smith as well. Masternak’s susceptibility to being hit is evident, and his capacity to withstand damage is questionable at this point in his professional journey. Billam-Smith’s relentless pressure, along with his powerful left hook targeting Masternak’s arms and body, will create the conditions for a knockout victory in the later stages of the match.
Billam-Smith vs Masternak Betting Odds
Billam-Smith vs Masternak Event Information
- Date & Time: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2023 – 03:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Bournemouth International Centre, Dorset, England
- Promotion: Boxxer
- Scheduled Bouts: 7
- Main Event Bout: Chris Billam-Smith vs. Mateusz Masternak
- Chris Billam-Smith vs. Mateusz Masternak Live Stream: Box Live
- Moneyline Probability: Billam-Smith – 77% (-335) Masternak – 29% (+245)
Questions Of The Day
Who is the betting favorite to win the Billam-Smith vs. Masternak fight?
The defending champion, Chris Billam-Smith, who is fighting on home soil (UK), is the bookmakers betting favorite for boxing predictions tonight.
What is the WBO title?
The WBO (World Boxing Organization) is one of four governing bodies in professional boxing, and they have 17 world titles in various weight classes.