Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Cruiserweight
Who won McCarthy vs Billam-Smith?
Chris Billam-Smith beat Tommy McCarthy by split decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 31st July 2021 at Matchroom Fight Camp in Essex.
The scorecards were announced as 112-116, 115-114, 114-115 in favor of winner Chris Billam-Smith.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which meant the weight limit was 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Can Xu losing to Leigh Wood for the WBA World Featherweight championship. Also, on the undercard Anthony Fowler defeated Rico Mueller and Avni Yildirim was defeated by Jack Cullen.
McCarthy vs Billam-Smith stats
Tommy McCarthy stepped into the ring with a record of 18 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Chris Billam-Smith made his way to the ring with a record of 12 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 10 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Billam Smith had a massive power advantage over McCarthy, boosting at 83% knock out percentage over McCarthy's 50%.
Tommy McCarthy was the younger man by 1 year, at 30 years old.
Billam Smith had a height advantage of 1 inch over McCarthy.
Both Tommy McCarthy & Chris Billam-Smith fought out of an orthodox stance.
McCarthy was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 7 more fights, and made his debut in 2014, 3 years and 3 months earlier than Billam Smith, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 57 more professional rounds, 128 to Billam Smith's 71.
Tommy McCarthy went into the fight ranked number 3 by the WBA, 6 by the WBC, 15 by the WBO and 4 by the IBF at cruiserweight.
Chris Billam-Smith was ranked number 4 by the WBA, 13 by the WBC and 9 by the IBF in the 200lb division.
McCarthy vs Billam-Smith form
Billam Smith had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Vasil Ducar on 20th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Nathan Thorley on 7th August 2020 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their CBC Commonwealth Cruiserweight championship fight at Matchroom Fight Camp, Essex.
Going into that contest, he had beat Craig Glover on 23rd November 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their CBC Commonwealth Cruiserweight championship fight at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Before that, he had been beaten by Richard Riakporhe on 20th July 2019 by split decision in their 10 round contest at O2 Arena, London.
Hehad won against Yassine Habachi on 10th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Nottingham Arena, Nottinghamshire.
McCarthy's last 3 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 8 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 years, 2 months and 23 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 20 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.7 rounds on average.
Billam Smith's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6 rounds on average.
What time did McCarthy vs Billam-Smith start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM BST at Matchroom Fight Camp, Essex, United Kingdom, which was 4:00 PM EST or 1:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
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What were the odds on McCarthy vs Billam-Smith?
Tommy McCarthy was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Chris Billam-Smith made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.