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“Mum, This Is for You”: Chris Billam-Smith Dedicates His Victory Over Lawrence Okolie to His Mother “Who’s Got Breast Cancer at the Moment”

Published 05/27/2023, 11:21 PM EDT

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Having defeated Lawrence Okolie via majority decision, Chris Billam-Smith is now the new WBO world cruiserweight champion of the world. Following his biggest win in pro boxing, a very emotional Chris Billam-Smith addressed the personal battle he and his family has been fighting. Billam-Smith, who trained his entire life to become a world champion in professional boxing, expressed that his mother is fighting breast cancer and he “was sick in bed all week” before the fight.

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Despite the obstacles, with love and support from his well-wishers, Billam-Smith outboxed Lawrence Okolie who entered the ring unbeaten with 19 victories. Having won the fight, the 32-year-old branded the moment as “perfect” and dedicated his win to his beloved mother. “Mum, this is for you, I love you so much,” said Billam-Smith.

Chris Billam-Smith addresses his mother fighting cancer and reacts to his latest win


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After winning the fight Billam-Smith explained how he did not feel like eating ahead of the fight. Although for the same reason making weight became easier for Billam-Smith, the boxer admitted he lacked energy. In this context, Billam-Smith dedicated his latest win to his beloved mother and publicly announced she is fighting breast cancer at the moment. “I was sick in bed all week. I didn’t eat from Tuesday to Thursday. It was easy making weight but I had no energy. I wanna dedicate this to my mum who’s got breast cancer at the moment,” Billam-Smith said.


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While still inside the ring, dressed with his scars and embraced by glory, Billam-Smith offered an assessment of his performance against Okolie. While Billam-Smith felt “it wasn’t the most entertaining fight,” he declared he “did enough to win it“. During the bout, Billam-Smith knocked down Okolie multiple times. Speaking about those knockdowns, Billam-Smith explained, “I pictured me dropping Lawrence off with that left hook all week, all camp. That first knockdown was exactly what I’ve envisioned,” added Billam-Smith who was removed from WBC rankings.


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With this win over Okolei, Billam-Smith now holds a record of 18 – 1. Anyway, did you watch the fight between Chris Billam-Smith and Lawrence Okolie? If so, what did you think about Billam-Smith’s performance inside the ring? In addition, what is your message to Billam-Smith and his beloved mother? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Written by:

Samrat Sardar


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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. As an experienced commercial writer and athlete himself, Samrat brings a unique perspective and a deep passion for boxing to his work. He holds a post-graduation degree and has over 800 articles to his credit.
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