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Chris Billam-Smith vs Armend Xhoxhaj undercard: Heavyweights Steve Robinson and Nick Campbell to collide in Bournemouth

Steve Robinson will face Nick Campbell in a must-win heavyweight clash in Bournemouth, with Michael McKinson and lightweight prospect Cori Gibbs also featuring on the Chris Billam Smith vs Armend Xhoxhaj bill on December 17 live on Sky Sports

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Heavyweights Steve Robinson and Nick Campbell will meet in a mouthwatering clash on the undercard of Chris Billam Smith's bout with Armend Xhoxhaj in Bournemouth on December 17, with Michael McKinson and Cori Gibbs also added to an explosive card.

Billam-Smith headlines in his hometown against Kosovo's Xhojhaj, live on Sky Sports as the British cruiserweight attempts to stay on course for a world title shot next year.

Robinson will look to upset Scotsman Campbell, with the 'Glasgow Warrior' currently undefeated after five professional contests.

Chris Billam-Smith (centre), Dan Azeez (left) and Caroline Dubois will box on December 17 live on Sky Sports
Image: Chris Billam-Smith tops the Bournemouth bill which also features Dan Azeez and Caroline Dubois

Campbell sparred with Joseph Parker at Tyson Fury's gym in Morecambe before the former world champion's fight with Joe Joyce in September.

"Steve Robinson against Nick Campbell, a heavyweight fight, where both of them need to go to the next level. I'm sure that's going to be an interesting 50-50 fight," promoter Ben Shalom told Sky Sports.

Joining them on the bill is Birmingham lightweight Gibbs, 29, who has a perfect record of 17 victories.

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Cori Gibbs boxed superbly to beat Tom Farrell in the Boxxer Series final

Portsmouth's McKinson will be back in action after coming up short despite a gallant performance against elite US fighter Vergil Ortiz in August.

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"McKinson returns on the south coast and it's going to be a big night down in Bournemouth," Shalom said.

"Billam-Smith steps up to world level before a world title. We want him to fight at a stadium in May. He's got a huge following down there that we saw in July," he continued. "[Xhojhaj] is a world level fighter, he's coming to win. Caroline Dubois returns, Viddal Riley returns.

Cori Gibbs
Image: Cori Gibbs joins the Billam-Smith undercard in Bournemouth

"[Dan] Azeez has a big step up. We believe he's one of the top light-heavyweights in the country. He's got better and better and I think with Buddy [McGirt] he's really improving. Rocky Fielding's a dangerous fighter, he can punch and he's going to come out wanting to win and I think those early rounds are going to be dangerous.

"That's going to be a great fight to watch. I think Dan Azeez will show his level and I think people can consider him amongst the Yardes, Buatsis and even the Lyndon Arthurs. I think that group of fighters are all hopefully going to fight each other and it's a big night for Dan Azeez."

Harvey Lambert also makes his debut after a dazzling amateur career, which saw him represent the GB Boxing Podium Squad. The Hull welterweight also became the Elite ABA and Tri Nations champion.

Lee Cutler and Mace Reugg will also be on the bill.

Watch Chris Billam Smith vs Armend Xhojhaj and an exciting undercard on December 17, live on Sky Sports.

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