Lawrence Okolie vs Chris Billam-Smith: Bournemouth expand stadium capacity to 15,000 for WBO world title fight | Boxing News

Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium will expand its capacity for Lawrence Okolie v Chris Billum-Smith world title fight on 27 May, live sky gameAfter being licensed by the local authorities for 15,000 seats.

This meant that the WBO cruiserweight clash would be held in front of the largest non-football audience in the stadium’s history.

The ground normally hosts 11,300 seated fans for AFC Bournemouth’s Premier League football matches, but the Boxers obtained licensing from Bournemouth authorities to extend the provision of seating for their hometown favorite Billum-Smith’s title clash. Permission has been received, making it the biggest ever boxing event in the South. Coastal area.

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Lawrence Okolie discusses the dynamic in former trainer Shane McGuigan’s gym as he reveals rival Chris Billam-Smith was always a favorite of McGuigan’s.

Billum-Smith announced, “Wow! Thank you to everyone who bought tickets for coming and supporting themselves and the show.”

“Thank you BCP Council, AFC Bournemouth and BOXXER for putting on such a huge event for the city. I’ve never been so excited.”

In addition to allowing thousands more people to experience this historic event in person, the expanded seating allocation will also generate additional funds, with local charities set to receive a share of the profits from the event.

BOXXER founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “Bournemouth has become the sleeping giant of the British boxing world. Our first visit completely blew us away, the crowds were incredible and to this day it is an event we rave about BOXXER employees still talk. …

“The atmosphere at both of our Bournemouth events has been indescribable and I really can’t wait to see how things go when Main Event Fighters walks out at the Vitality Stadium on 27 May.

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There was a lot of respect between Lawrence Okolie and Chris Billum-Smith as they faced each other at the press conference ahead of their fight on 27 May.

“We are incredibly lucky to have Joe Ashford-Ellis as our partner at Bournemouth. He was very passionate about getting us here and has moved heaven and earth to do these events, to do something for the young people here. Driven by his desire to

“We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better partner as we prepare for the biggest non-football sporting event in Bournemouth history.”

Bournemouth-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Joseph Ashford-Ellis is BOXXER’s local partner in this area.

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Lawrence Okolie says former trainer Shane McGuigan can tell Chris Billum-Smith everything about him, but the reality of putting it into practice on a night out is very different

Ashford-Ellis has committed to donating a proportion of the profits from the event to two local charities, an amateur boxing club and a charity that works with Bournemouth’s street-homeless population.

“This event is a historic moment for Bournemouth, but for me it is an opportunity to give something back. I am excited to see the sold-out atmosphere at the Vitality Stadium on fight night, but I am looking forward to even more. moment when I take my share of event revenue and turn it over to these important community projects,” he said.

“It’s going to be a very proud moment for me, another tick off my bucket list and I’m glad to be able to give something back.”

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