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Chamberlain vs Massey

Confirmed For Vacant European & Commonwealth Cruiserweight Titles In BET365 Wildcard Contest

After Cieslak Vacates Following Injury!

  • Isaac Chamberlain will face Jack Massey for the vacant European and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Titles in a bet365 Wildcard contest on Saturday, June 15th at Selhurst Park
  • Chamberlain was scheduled to face Michal Cieslak for the European Title but the Pole has been forced to withdraw with injury and has vacated his EBU belt
  • Cruiserweight rivals Chamberlain & Massey will now clash as part of BOXXER’s stacked summer stadium show at Crystal Palace, London
  • The epic all-British WBO World Cruiserweight Title clash between Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe tops the bill in South London
  • All the action is available to watch live and exclusive on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA

(May 20th) Isaac Chamberlain will now face Jack Massey for the vacant European and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Titles in a bet365 Wildcard contest on Saturday, June 15th at South London’s Selhurst Park stadium, live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA

 

Chamberlain was set to challenge Michal Cieslak for the EBU belt, but the Pole has been forced to withdraw from their scheduled contest due to injury and has chosen to vacate his European title giving Chesire’s Massey a golden opportunity to step in and fight Chamberlain for the vacant strap.

 

Chamberlain and Massey will now square off as part of a historic night of boxing at Selhurst Park to celebrate the stadium’s centenary year.

 

Chamberlain (16-2, 8 KOs) was named mandatory challenger for the European crown following a dominant points victory over London rival Mikael Lawal for the British and Commonwealth Titles at York Hall in October 2023.

 

Massey (21-2, 12 KOs), the former IBO World Cruiserweight Champion, gets his shot at European glory having stopped Steve Eloundou inside a round last time out at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool in January.

 

BOXXER CEO and founder Ben Shalom said: “We now have another cruiserweight battle of Britain confirmed for our historic event at Selhurst Park as Isaac Chamberlain and Jack Massey clash for the European and Commonwealth Titles. We’d like to wish Michal Cieslak a speedy recovery. He’s been a great champion and we’re sure he will be back and in more big fights soon. This is a massive fight for both men with huge rewards for the winner and a very big addition to June 15th.”

 

Fans attending the huge GAME ON! show will be part of history as boxing returns to Selhurst Park in its centenary year.

 

The epic Chris Billam-Smith vs Richard Riakporhe clash tops a huge bill in South London and kick-offs a huge summer of world-class sport with a blockbuster night of world championship boxing and celebrations.

 

Ben Whittaker faces undefeated rival and press conference crasher Ezra Arenyeka for the WBA Gold Light Heavyweight belt, London Light Heavyweight star Dan Azeez returns to action alongside top bantamweight prospect Francesca Hennessy.

 

Venue: Selhurst Park Football Ground, Crystal Palace, London, UK

Promoter: Benjamin Shalom - Boxxer

Matchmaker: Kevin Campion

Media: United Kingdom – SKY, U.S. - Peacock

 

For tickets- (click here).

 

A percentage of every ticket sold will be donated to the Palace For Life Foundation, the official charity of Crystal Palace F.C, which has been working with the community for over 25 years, helping young people grow through the power of sport, inspiring them to find a better path in life and to lead a healthier life.

 

This event is presented in association with official partners Bet365, Integritas Property Group and HELL Energy.

It’s game on for Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe in a historic all-British summer stadium world title showdown for the WBO World Cruiserweight Championship on Saturday June 15th at Selhurst Park, the home of Crystal Palace F.C, live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA.

 

Defending champion Billam-Smith (19-1, 13 KOs) will be looking to avenge his only career defeat when he makes the second defence of his WBO World Title against big punching South Londoner and Crystal Palace fan Riakporhe (17-0, 13 KOs).

‘The Gentleman’ captured the WBO World Title in May 2023 with a memorable win over former stablemate Lawrence Okolie, downing the undefeated champion three times en route to having his hand raised in front of his home fans at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth.

 

Riakporhe will get his long-awaited shot at world honours in front of his fellow ‘Eagles’ as the Crystal Palace fan fights at South London’s historic Selhurst Park stadium.

 

‘The Midnight Train’ is the only man to hold a win over Billam-Smith in the professional ranks. The pair first squared off at the O2 Arena in July 2019 for the WBA Intercontinental Title with Riakporhe judged to have got the better of his cruiserweight rival and awarded a split decision win.

 

Fans attending the huge GAME ON! show will be part of history as boxing returns to Selhurst Park in its centenary year.

 

The epic Chris Billam-Smith vs Richard Riakporhe clash kick-offs a huge summer of world-class sport with a blockbuster night of world championship boxing and celebrations. Undercard fights will be revealed in the coming days.

 

A percentage of every ticket sold will be donated to the Palace For Life Foundation, the official charity of Crystal Palace F.C, which has been working with the community for over 25 years, helping young people grow through the power of sport, inspiring them to find a better path in life and to lead a healthier life.

 

Chris Billam-Smith said: “I’m looking forward to giving the Bournemouth fans an away day to remember with an explosive performance, live on Sky Sports. Richard is a good fighter, but I’ve improved hugely since we last met and he’s going to be in for a terrible night at Selhurst Park. The WBO belt is coming back with me to Bournemouth.”

 

Richard Riakporhe said: “My time has come. The countdown is on. I’m the runaway ‘Midnight Train’ that you cannot stop and it’s the end of the line for Chris Billam-Smith. I can’t wait to knock Chris out and take his title. I’ve beaten him once and I’m ready to do it again. This time it’s not going to the judges. He’s going to be out cold on the canvas and the world title is going to be staying in South London.

 

“It’s going to be an incredible feeling to fight at Selhurst Park in front of the Palace fans and to be part of a special moment for the club celebrating 100 years since the stadium opened. I’m proud to be from South London and be affiliated with a club like Crystal Palace. The support of the club and the fans means everything to me. I’m going to repay that support with a devastating performance on June 15th.”

 

BOXXER Founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “We’re delighted to be working with Steve Parish and the team at Crystal Palace F.C to deliver a historic night of boxing at Selhurst Park as part of the stadium’s centenary celebrations. We have a huge main event with Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe going toe-to-toe for the WBO World Cruiserweight Title in this summer showdown.

 

“Chris Billam-Smith has huge support on the south coast, and we expect the AFC Bournemouth faithful to travel in huge numbers to support him as he puts his WBO World Title on the line against the only man to beat him. It’s a dream come true for Richard Riakporhe as he gets his World Title shot in front of his fellow Crystal Palace fans at Selhurst Park. With more big fight announcements to follow, this is the event in British Boxing not to miss this summer.”

 

Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish said: “We are absolutely delighted that professional boxing is returning to Selhurst Park, with one of south London’s own and big Palace fan, Richard Riakporhe, leading the billing alongside Chris Billam-Smith. Boxxer has put together a fantastic line-up for the occasion, and it already promises to be a spectacular night in SE25 – as well as a fitting tribute to our stadium’s centenary year.”

 

THIS IS BOXXER

BOXXER is the fastest growing boxing promotional company in the UK. We believe in the power of boxing and the next generation. Our focus is to bring inclusivity, innovation and entertainment to one of the oldest sports in the world.

 

We partner with the world’s largest media partners to bring iconic nights and unforgettable events to boxing, and bring the professional sport into the next generation.

 

Founded by the youngest promoter in the UK, Ben Shalom, our journey started from humble beginnings and our commitment to the grassroots of the sport remains central to our mission.

 

With an incredible start to our tenure on Sky Sports in the UK, we now attract the very best talent from around the world having delivered World Championship boxing and record-breaking Box-Office events in front of sellout crowds, whilst maintaining our commitment to grassroots boxing through our tournament shows and continued investment.

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