Report by Jonathan Nagioff (@JonathanNagioff) at York Hall
Bournemouth cruiserweight Chris Billam-Smith recorded a seventh straight professional win with Dagenham’s Robin Dupre retiring after five gruelling rounds at York Hall.
‘The Gentleman’ dominated all five rounds of the scheduled 10 round contest, with Dupre’s corner seeing enough after the fifth, with the Bournemouth man potentially advancing to a shot at the Commonwealth title next
Billam-Smith, who moves on to (7-0-0) received a rapturous reception from his travelling contingent with cries of ‘Billam’ ringing round the arena from the outset.
The crowd inside the iconic London venue were treated to a pulsating start, with both men letting their hands go with vigour in the opening stages.
The second round followed suit with the pair trading punishing blows back and forth, but it was Billam-Smith who was achieving success with powerful left hooks to the body.
Billam-Smith, who was taken the distance against Michal Plasnik last time out, stamped his authority on the bout in the third, detonating a searing left hook followed by jolting combinations to both head and body.
Dupre, whose only previous loss was a stoppage defeat to former Commonwealth champion Luke Watkins last October, stood firm amid the pressure, responding with some dangerous right hands of his own.
However, his foe continued the onslaught in the fourth landing with a crushing uppercut, which he appeared to take in his stride.
Billam-Smith searched for the finishing blow in the fifth, piling in the combinations but his experienced opponent remained standing.
With the sixth round about to commence, Dupre and his corner saw enough, enabling Billam-Smith to secure another crucial win and preserve his unbeaten start to his career.
Billam-Smith could now face the winner of the vacant Commonwealth title bout between Wadi Camacho and Arfan Iqbal on November 17th at York Hall.