Lawrence Okolie Vs. Chris Billam-Smith Preliminary And Undercard Live Results, Recaps: Sam Eggington Stops Joe Pigford In A Fifth-Round TKO

Lawrence Okolie and Chris Billam-Smith fight it out for the WBO cruiserweight title on May 27th, 2023, live from the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth.

Okolie is considered the odds-on favourite, given that he is unbeaten in his 19 professional fights. And as part of that process, he will be defending the belt for a fourth time.

The fight throws up an intriguing dynamic, as Okolie gets to grips with his new trainer SugarHill Steward.

In addition, Okolie and Billam-Smith are well aware of each other having been sparring partners and very close in the gym.

Both have something to prove. Okolie’s unanimous-decision victory over David Light failed to impress due to the lack of a knockout.

Meanwhile, Billam-Smith will be looking to show that his knock out of Armend Xhoxhaj in his previous fight was not a one-off.

With that being said, the undercard starts at 7 p.m. BST / 3 p.m. ET. In contrast, the main card is expected to begin at 10 p.m. BST / 6 p.m. ET.

Follow the Live Results, Recaps, and Highlights below, provided by FIGHT SPORTS

Live Results: Main Card 10 p.m. BST / 6 p.m. EST

Sam Eggington vs. Joe Pigford – super welterweight 

It was a very cagey start by both fighters, as no punch was thrown until the first half of the opening round.

Eggington took the center ring and caught Pigford with a few left overhands followed by some vicious jabs, as he took the opening round. 

In the following round, Eggington’s quick hand speed led to some dynamic combinations. Pigford hit back with some body shots, as Eggington took control. 

Eggington continued in the same manner, as he put Pigford on the ropes. Eggington’s overhand right was followed by a body shot with such precision. Pigford hit back with a left, as both fighters looked to exchange. 

In the fourth, both fighters landed heavy overhands as the pace picked up. Pigford’s legs were shaky but the fighter made it to the end of the bell.

That didn’t last long in the following round as Eggington continued to land through the guard as the referee waved off the fight.

And in doing so, Eggington became the first man to beat Pigford.

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Official Result: Sam Eggington def. Joe Pigford via a fifth-round TKO

Karriss Artingstall vs Jade Taylor– lightweight

Karriss Artingstall dominated as she beat Jade Taylor on the scorecards. 

The judges scored the bout 79-72 in a one-sided affair. From the start, Taylor struggled to hit Artingstall as the latter kept out of range. 

Thereafter, Artingstall began to land her left hand with power and precision. Artingstall pushed Taylor back on the ropes in the following rounds, as at the halfway stage, she continued to target the body.

Lead hooks to the body and head followed as Taylor struggled with the pace. As the fight progressed to the second half, Artingstall’s left cross landed frequently, as she walked away with an easy win on points.

Official Result: Karriss Artingstall def. Jade Taylor on points: 79-72

Lee Cutler def. Stanley Stannard via a decision: 97-95

Mikey McKinson def. Lebin Morales via a seventh-round TKO

 

Lewis Edmondson def. Petar Nosic after the latter retired due to a clash of heads

Live Results: Prelims 

Tommy Welch def. Amine Boucetta on points: 59-55

 

Alireza Ghadiri def. Jonatas de Oliveira on points: 58-55

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