Chris Billam-Smith has warned Lawrence Okolie that he’s but to see one of the best of him regardless of a number of earlier sparring classes, forward of their conflict on Saturday.
Billam-Smith challenges Okolie for his WBO cruiserweight world title at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth in entrance of an anticipated 15,000 followers, reside on Sky Sports activities.
The pair shared the identical gymnasium beneath coach Shane McGuigan, earlier than Okolie left earlier this yr to link-up with SugarHill Steward, who shall be in his nook on Saturday.
‘The Gentleman’ feels his former stablemate-turned rival has already displayed his greatest kind and insists he’s in for a shock after they meet.
“I believe we’ve seen one of the best Lawrence Okolie,” Billam-Smith instructed proboxing-fans.com.
“I count on him to be quite a bit higher than he was in his final battle.
“I believe I’ve sparred one of the best Lawrence Okolie there’s been.
“There shall be issues he does in another way. As we’ve type of seen there’s just a few modifications he’s made beneath Sugar.
“However, he hasn’t seen one of the best of me and I believe that’s the component of shock which can hit him on battle evening.
“By then it’ll be too late.”
The 32-year-old Bournemouth man has received eight on the bounce since a cut up determination defeat to Richard Riakporhe, his final victory being a showreel fifth spherical knockout of Armend Xhoxhaj in December.
Okolie made a 3rd profitable defence of his WBO crown with a unanimous determination success over David Mild in March to increase his unbeaten document to 19 straight skilled wins.
Billam-Smith admits his purpose is to safe a maiden world title by stoppage.
“Completely [I think I can stop him,” he added.
“That’s the game plan. I don’t want to ever leave anything to chance on the cards.
“I did that once before and it didn’t go in my favour.
“So the game plan is always now to go through it, no rounds off, just graft every round until the end.”
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