Chris Billam-Smith retains Commonwealth with two-round Thorley trouncing

Chris Billam-Smith did a demolition job en-route to making the first defence of his belt.
Chris Billam-Smith

Chris Billam-Smith did a demolition job en-route to making the first defence of his belt.

The 30-year-old, from Bournemouth, held the Commonwealth title at cruiserweight going into the fight.

Billam-Smith was opening the second instalment of Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp series at the company’s Mascalls headquarters in Brentwood, Essex against Wales’ Nathan Thorley.

Thorley, undefeated going into the fight, is trained by Gary Lockett –– but the 27-year-old Cardiff man couldn’t match ‘The Gentleman’ in any department and was dropped three times inside the opening two rounds before being stopped by referee Mark Lyson.

The Liverpudlian referee called a halt to proceedings after two minutes and five seconds of the second round to ensure that former British title challenger Billam-Smith enhanced his ledger to 11-1 with all but one of his finishes coming early.

“I hurt him in the first round. Not visibly, but I could tell,” said Billam-Smith in the aftermath.

Thorley found his way into things, but as he tried to clinch after being caught by a body shot, Billam-Smith landed three short left hooks that dropped Thorley to his knees in the opener.

“I knew the finish was coming. As soon as he had success I knew he would get reckless so I walked him onto a shot and got the job done.”

The finish came in the next stanza, though, due to there being no time for ‘CBS’ to capitalise on the fast start he made.

Thorley was battered into a corner by Billam-Smith, who was due to be married overseas this weekend but will now have a smaller ceremony in three weeks’ time, and then dropped by a series of right hands.

Elsewhere, Hopey Price improved his ledger to three fights undefeated.

The slick southpaw landed gold at the Olympic Youth Games last year in Buenos Aires to go alongside his two European Championships and seven national titles.

Price turned professional back in October, inking a multi-year contract with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.

The Leeds super-bantamweight was in action against Jonny Phillips and came out with a points win over six rounds against the man who took on former two-time world title challenger Stephen Smith last November.

The referee, Ian-John Lewis, handed in a one-sided scorecard of 60 points to 54 and super-featherweight Phillips will head back to Berkshire after having his record levelled at 5-5 with two quick.

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