Chris Billam-Smith had a weekend to remember as he successfully defended his WBO cruiserweight world title against Mateusz Masternak. The victory came just a day after Bournemouth's impressive 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
A dream come true
Billam-Smith turned his local International Centre into his "Theatre of Dreams" with a sensational comeback win. After enduring several punishing rounds, the 33-year-old battered Masternak's ribs in the seventh round, causing the Polish challenger to refuse to start the eighth.
The Bournemouth boxer had some high-profile fans in attendance, including former football manager Harry Redknapp and Top Boy star Kano. However, it was the enthusiastic support from the cheap seats that made the atmosphere truly electric.
A rollercoaster fight
The fight had its ups and downs for Billam-Smith. While he started strong, he faced some tough moments in the second and third rounds as Masternak landed some powerful combinations. However, the champion showed resilience and launched his own assault, even making Masternak stumble backwards.
As the fight progressed, Billam-Smith seemed to be letting it slip away, with Masternak dominating in the fourth and fifth rounds. However, the tides turned in the seventh when Billam-Smith landed a series of slashing body shots that slowed Masternak down.
A sudden end
In a surprising turn of events, Masternak failed to start the eighth round, leading to the fight being stopped. Billam-Smith celebrated his victory, but not without almost going over the top with his celebrations.
Overall, it was a memorable weekend for Bournemouth sports fans, with both the football team and Billam-Smith bringing home victories.
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