Chris Billam-Smith vs Mateusz Masternak undercard: Complete list of fights before main event in 2023 boxing match

Chris Billam-Smith heads home to Bournemouth to defend the WBO cruiserweight title against Mateusz Masternak on December 10. The fight airs on Sky Sports in the U.K. and Peacock in the U.S.

A two-time English National Championships silver medalist, Billam-Smith (18-1) climbed the ladder, winning Commonwealth gold in 2019 and British and European belts in 2021. “The Gentleman” reached the top of the mountain when he beat Lawrence Okolie in May for the WBO cruiserweight title. Now, the 33-year-old doesn’t see a world where he isn’t a champion for the long run. 

“The motivation has changed because the goal isn’t to win the world title – it’s about cementing a legacy,” Billam-Smith told BBC South. “You get that extra 20% when you become champion. I’d never heard of it until I won the title, but it definitely feels like that. There is belief in all the work you have put in, and you trust the process no-end after winning a title. The motivation now is to stay champion until I retire.”

Masternak (47-5) could be a real challenge with 31 wins via knockout. “Master” has competed for gold throughout his career, from local to interim belts, including a fight against Tony Bellew in 2015 for the European title, where he lost, but is finally getting a shot at full-time gold. The Polish fighter looks to make the most of the opportunity.

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“I think every fight has let me progress. Against Tony Bellew, I was inexperienced, but now I think that I am ready just to prove my skills, show my best, and this is the time that I can get the title,” Masternak told Sky Sports

Outside the main event, another title is on the line while several local talent look to impress. Here’s a breakdown of the Chris Billam-Smith vs. Mateusz Masternak undercard. 

Chris Billam-Smith vs. Mateusz Masternak undercard

Lee Cutler vs. Kingsley Egbunike 

  • Division/Weight: Super Welterweight
  • Cutler record: 13-1
  • Egbunike record: 8-2-1
  • Belts at stake: English Super Welterweight Title

Lee Cutler faces Kingsley Egbunike for the English Super Welterweight Title.

Cutler (13-1) turned pro in 2018. He is on a six-fight win streak, beating Stanley Stannard in his last fight in May via points. 

Egbunike (8-2-1) turned pro in 2018. “Obi” is on a two-fight win streak, beating Paul Cummings in June via points. 

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Ben Whittaker vs. Stiven Dredhaj

  • Division/Weight: Light Heavyweight
  • Whittaker record: 4-0
  • Dredhaj record: 11-2-1
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Also on the card will be Ben Whittaker vs. Stiven Dredhaj

Whittaker (4-0) is a 2020 Olympic silver medalist. “The Surgeon” turned pro in 2022 and has won two fights in 2023. His last contest was a TKO win in July against Vladimir Belujsky.

Dredhaj (11-2-1) turned pro in 2018. The Italian fighter is 4-1 in his last five fights and is on a two-fight win streak. His last contest was a points win in October against Alex Marongiu.

Lauren Price vs. Silvia Bortot

  • Division/Weight: Welterweight
  • Price record: 5-0
  • Bortot record: 11-3-1
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Lauren Price faces Silvia Bortot.

Price (5-0) won gold in the 2019 European Games in the 2020 Olympics. Before boxing, she was a four-time kickboxing world champion and competed in soccer. The 29-year-old turned pro in 2022. She beat Kirstie Bavington in May to win the British welterweight title and Lolita Muzeya in her last fight in September. 

Bortot (11-3-1) turned pro in 2016. The 38-year-old is a former European super lightweight champion. On a two-fight losing streak, her last contest was a points loss in September against Mikaela Mayer. 

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Michael McKinson vs. TBA 

  • Division/Weight: Welterweight
  • McKinson record: 25-1
  • TBA record: N/A
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Michael McKinson faces an opponent TBA.

McKinson (25-1) turned pro in 2014. The 29-year-old is on a three-fight win streak after losing against Vergil Ortiz Jr. in 2022. His last contest was a TKO win in May against Lebin Morales.

Lewis Edmondson vs. Dmytro Fedas

  • Division/Weight: Light Heavyweight
  • Edmondson record: 7-0
  • Fedas record: 8-4-2
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

In light heavyweight action, Lewis Edmondson faces Dmytro Fedas

Edmondson (7-0) turned pro in 2019. “The Saint” last fought in May, beating Petar Nosic.

Fedas (8-4-2) turned pro in 2012. The Ukrainian is on a four-fight losing streak, losing his last contest in October against Karol Itauma via points. 

Francesca Hennessy vs. TBA

  • Division/Weight: N/A
  • Makabu record: 1-0
  • TBA record: N/A
  • Belts at stake: N/A

Finally, Francesca Hennessy faces an opponent TBA

A two-time National Champion, Hennessy (1-0) turned pro in September. The 19-year-old beat Sonia Klos via TKO.

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When is Chris Billam-Smith vs. Mateusz Masternak

Billam-Smith vs. Masternak is on December 10, a Sunday. The main card starts at 7 p.m. local time, or 2 p.m. ET, with the main event scheduled for around 10:15 p.m. local time, or 5:15 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.

Region Date Main Card Start Time Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)
USA and Canada (ET) Sunday, December 10 2 p.m. ET 5:15 p.m. ET
USA and Canada (PT) Sunday, December 10 11 a.m. PT 2:15 p.m. PT
UK and Ireland Sunday, December 10 7 p.m. GMT 10:15 p.m. GMT
Australia Monday, December 11 6 a.m. AEDT

9:15 a.m. AEDT

How to watch Chris Billam-Smith vs. Mateusz Masternak

Region TV channel Live streaming
USA NBC Sports Peacock
Canada TBA
UK and Ireland Sky Sports
Australia TBA

The fight will air on Sky Sports in the U.K. and Peacock in the U.S.


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