By Jonathan Nagioff (@JonathanNagioff)
Chris Billam-Smith says he wants to fight all of his domestic rivals, and has called for a “super series” type-tournament to prove who is the number one in the division.
Bournemouth based Cruiserweight Billam-Smith extended his unbeaten record to eight professional wins following a sixth-round stoppage win over Kent Kauppinen at the O2 Academy in Boscombe on Saturday night.
The former Poole ABC man is ranked seventh in the Boxrec rankings above the likes of former Commonwealth champion Luke Watkins and the highly-rated Isaac Chamberlain.
And whilst Billam-Smith accepts that British champion Lawrence Okolie is the man to beat at this stage, he has revealed his desire to face all of his British rivals in the near future.
Billam-Smith exclusively told Nerve Sport: “If you look at it domestically, when you look at those boxrec rankings, you look at the top 15, we’re all at that level where we need to fight each other and prove who is the number one.
“Obviously (Lawrence) Okolie has got steps ahead. He’s beaten (Matty) Askin who was the man for a while and Okolie’s gone and beaten him, not in great fashion, a very boring fight but you can’t fault that, he’s got the win.
“People used to hate watching (Floyd) Mayweather box and he used to get the job done, do it boringly and win on points but you’ve got to get the job done by however means, so respect to him for that.
“But you look at the rest of them and we should have a 16-man tournament, it would be unbelievable. A massive super series.
“It’s a fantastic division, I’m really happy to be a part of it and with the team I’m with I believe I will get to that number one spot and win titles on the way up.”
Billam-Smith, who is trained by Shane McGuigan, says he is hopeful of a bout with Wadi Camacho next for the Commonwealth strap.
However, Nerve Sport understands that the 28-year-old might have to fight a final eliminator before stepping into the ring with the experienced Londoner.