Chris Billam-Smith insists he doesn’t want the recommendation of Lawrence Okolie and has promised a “gruelling” psychological check for Isaac Chamberlain when the pair meet in Bournemouth on July 30.
It beckons as a probably career-defining struggle for the pair as they search to determine themselves among the many frontrunners in a loaded cruiserweight division.
Billam-Smith enters on the again of an eighth-round TKO victory over Tommy McCarthy, whereas Chamberlain returns to motion for the primary time since December’s first-round knockout of Dilan Prasovic.
“Yeah I feel (Chamberlain will probably be mentally examined). It should be loud in there, he is clearly going to have a really hostile crowd in the direction of him,” Billam-Smith informed Sky Sports activities.
“That will probably be examined and I feel we’ll discover out on the night time.
“I feel each spar I’ve, each struggle I’ve is gruelling for my opponents due to the way in which I struggle and I feel that is considered one of my greatest attributes so I feel it’s going to undoubtedly be gruelling for him each mentally and bodily.”
Billam-Smith has been working with WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie, who notably beat Chamberlain by way of unanimous choice in 2018 after knocking the Londoner down within the first and sixth rounds.
Regardless of the historical past, Billam-Smith is aware of he’ll face a special proposition in Chamberlain come Saturday.
“I have never spoken to him, we have spoken that the struggle’s occurring however no sport plans or something like that,” added Billam-Smith.
“Lawrence is a special fighter now to when he boxed him, I am positive Isaac is as properly, however me and Lawrence in the beginning are very completely different fighters with completely different types and really completely different strengths.
“For me, I am simply utilizing my strengths and doing what I do greatest. Perhaps we’ll have a dialog if it comes up, but it surely’s not like I must have that dialog with him.”
Chamberlain insists he ‘doesn’t care’ what his opponent has to say and stays solely centered on including a 15th win to his document. A win, each know, can take their profession to the following degree.
“If he was to make that mistake (taking a look at Okolie struggle) then that is his choice,” mentioned Chamberlain.
“I am not chargeable for what he is considering or what he brings to the struggle.
“I am solely chargeable for my crew and my development and what I will do on the night time.
“I am simply thinking about my efficiency and my crew after which in the event that they assume all the pieces’s okay then it is full steam forward.”
The promoter of latest IBF cruiserweight world champion Jai Opetaia just lately informed Sky Sports activities that the Australian is open to preventing the winner of Billam-Smith vs Chamberlain subsequent.
“The world opens up for each of us after this struggle,” mentioned Chamberlain.
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