Chris Billam-Smith says he can see himself halting Tommy McCarthy of their rematch in Manchester on Saturday.
Billam-Smith (14-1, 10 KOs) secured a cut up resolution win over McCarthy (18-3, 9 KOs) of their first assembly in July to tear away the European cruiserweight title, in addition to including the vacant British belt to his Commonwealth crown.
The 31-year-old, who has since vacated his Lonsdale title, believes each males can be improved fighters after they conflict on the undercard of Conor Benn’s showdown towards Chris van Heerden, reside on DAZN.
“I feel we’ll each be improved to be trustworthy,” Billam-Smith told proboxing-fans.com on Wednesday.
“He’s clearly had a little bit of day off, however he’s at all times most likely fuelled by that loss.
“He felt like he received the struggle and I do know I received the struggle, however off the again of it we’ve each positively gone away and improved, so I feel the followers are in for an actual deal with.
“I feel it’ll be a extremely expert contest and one other nice struggle.”
When requested if he thinks he can cease the Irishman, the Bournemouth man replied: “It is dependent upon him to be trustworthy, how properly ready he’s.
“I’m very properly ready and I can see the stoppage occurring this time positively, but when not it’ll be a really extensive factors resolution.”
‘The Gentleman’ retained his European strap with a unanimous resolution victory over Dylan Bregeon in November, while his rival has not fought since their first outing.
Billam-Smith is extremely ranked in all 4 governing our bodies, significantly within the WBO the place his stablemate, Lawrence Okolie holds the belt and within the IBF behind world champion, Mairis Briedis.
Nevertheless, he feels that he nonetheless has extra expertise to realize, earlier than transferring onto a maiden world title shot.
“It’s a bizarre panorama in the meanwhile.
“All of the belts appear to be like tied up or they’re ready for fights or fights are occurring that ought to have been occurring or they’ve been delayed and delayed and delayed.
“So I’m undecided, however for me I’m not a world title subsequent.
“I’m going to be kind of fringe world degree now and that, these types of fights and pushing on and simply preparing for when that chance arises.”
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