FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 7th, 2023
PEACOCK STREAMS EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE OF BOXXER CARD FEATURING WBO WORLD CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT, BILLAM-SMITH VS. MASTERNAK, THIS SUNDAY, DEC. 10, AT 1 P.M. ET
Chris Billam-Smith Looks to Defend World Cruiserweight Title vs. Challenger Mateusz Masternak Live from Bournemouth International Centre
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 7, 2023 – Peacock exclusively streams live coverage of this Sunday’s BOXXER card at 1 p.m. ET, headlined by the WBO World Cruiserweight title bout between defending champion Chris Billam-Smith and challenger Mateusz Masternak from the Bournemouth International Centre.
Billam-Smith (18-1, 12 KO), who has won each of his past eight bouts, claimed the WBO World Cruiserweight belt after defeating Lawrence Okolie by majority decision on May 27, 2023. Sunday’s bout marks Billam-Smith’s first title defense.
Masternak (47-5, 31 KO), a 36-year-old former European Cruiserweight champion from Poland, defeated Jason Whateley by unanimous decision in his most recent fight on October 29, 2022. In search of his first career world title, Masternak has won six consecutive bouts.
Saturday’s card also features Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Ben Whittaker vs. Stiven Leonetti Dredhaj in a light heavyweight bout, as well as Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Lauren Price taking on former European champion Silvia Bortot.
BOXXER, the fastest growing boxing promotional company in the UK, and NBC Sports recently announced a media rights partnership that brings the biggest events and brightest stars in boxing to U.S. audiences. The bouts will stream LIVE exclusively in the United States on NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock with select events airing on NBC.
NBC Sports has brought boxing to millions of viewers across the country beginning with the first-ever live televised fight in 1939, when Lou Nova defeated Max Baer at Yankee Stadium. Over the decades to follow, NBC Sports’ coverage of the sport showcased stars including Joe Louis, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, and Larry Holmes.
Peacock’s expansive programming features live coverage including Big Ten Football and Basketball, Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame Football, Olympic and Paralympic Games, Premier League, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, and much more. Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel.
BOXXER is a next-generation professional boxing promotion and the exclusive provider of boxing content to Sky Sports, the UK’s biggest sports television platform. We believe in the power of boxing and the next generation. Founded by the youngest licensed boxing promoter in the UK, Ben Shalom, our focus is to bring inclusivity, innovation and entertainment to one of the oldest sports in the world.
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