McGuigan predicts stoppage win and European title for Billam-Smith at Fight Camp

World famous coach Shane McGuigan believes Bournemouth fighter Chris Billam-Smith will stop Belfast puncher Tommy McCarthy and claim the European cruiserweight crown.

McGuigan, the son of former featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan, predicted another success for the Dorset puncher, having worked with him since turning pro.

Billam-Smith’s fight with European Champion McCarthy was officially announced earlier this month for Matchroom Fight Camp this summer.

The fight is scheduled to take place at Matchroom headquarters in Essex on July 31, with figures including Conor Benn, Shannon Courtenay, Campbell Hatton and Anthony Fowler, Billam-Smith’s teammate Anthony Fowler.

Commenting on the contest, Coach McGuigan told Boxing Social, “It’s a good fight. It’s a fight that could have been at British level but it’s obviously at European level, so it’s fantastic for us.

“We’re training now, so it’s a few weeks away. It’s a good thing for CBS to motivate itself as well, because it’s going to be a bit of back and forth.

“They both believe they can win and Chris has to be in those kinds of fights, especially at this point in his career before he moves on to bigger and better things.

“But I think it’s a fight Chris will win. I think he’s going to stop it and I’m excited.

Billam-Smith’s professional record stands at 12 wins and one loss before the contest, with McCarthy’s record of 18 wins and two losses.

Both fighters have lost to undefeated Richard Riakporhe in the past – but McGuigan believes Billam Smith looked the better of the two in that form.

When asked how the fight compared to facing Riakporhe, McGuigan replied, “Well, Riakporhe knocked him out (McCarthy), didn’t he? In four rounds, so I don’t think it’s as hard a fight as Riakporhe.

“Chris lost in a split and I thought Chris beat Riakporhe so I feel like in terms of the opponent they both boxed Chris did a much better job.

“But it’s going to be a tough fight just because of the clash of styles.

“Tommy is a good fighter – he’s very relaxed, he always has a good movement, he always has a good jab, a good left hook and he’s nice and fluid with that.

“But I know he’s struggling with the pace and I know Chris is going to hit him, but it won’t be an easy fight, it will be a tough fight.”

Speaking at the launch of Fight Camp, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn said, “This fight for me is one of my Fight Camp picks.

“Tommy McCarthy vs. Chris Billam-Smith for the British, Commonwealth and European Championships.

“These are exactly the kind of fights that we want to see more of week after week on the cards.

“For me, it’s also like a final eliminator for a world title.”

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