Billam-Smith v Xhoxhaj Undercard: Azeez Primed For Big 2023!

Chris Billam-Smith v Armend Xhoxhaj: Undercard Bouts

Dan Azeez, Steven Robinson, and Jimmy First win bouts on Billam-Smith v Xhoxhaj undercard
(clockwise from left) Dan Azeez, Steven Robinson, Jimmy First

Dan Azeez Stops Rocky Fielding On Billam-Smith v Xhoxhaj Undercard!

This light heavyweight contest saw plenty of action as both men tested the other’s chin. Dan Azeez (18-0, 12KO) came out with the pressure early, bobbing, weaving, and getting inside while pinning Rocky Fielding against the ropes. He finished off every combination with body shots. Fielding (30-3, 18KO) found some success with the overhand right and left hooks, but he looked soft in the midsection as he came in 5 pounds overweight.

In round seven, Azeez landed a straight right hand to the pit of the stomach that dropped Fielding as the bell sounded. He went into beast mode in round eight, landing a series of painful, unanswered punches that forced Fielding’s corner to throw in the towel. Azeez picked up a good win and a big fight could be on the table in 2023.


Lightweight Cori Gibbs (17-1, 3KO) struggled with his mouthpiece in this fight against Jimmy First (14-0, 4KO). His mouthpiece kept coming out to the point of overshadowing the fight itself. Gibbs boxed nicely by using the jab and fast combinations to hold off his opponent. First had some moments in the fight, scoring with good body shots. In rounds four, five, and six Gibbs was deducted a point for the mouthpiece constantly falling out, adding drama to the fight. In the end, the referee saw it 76-73 for the 41-year-old prospect, First. He became the first to hand Gibbs a blemish in the record books. 3Kings Boxing had the same scorecard in favor of Gibbs.


Heavyweight fighters let the leather fly in an all-out war! The bout started like a “Rock’em Sock’em” robot game with both fighters landing bombs. Nick Campbell (5-1, 5KO) would calm down and gain the advantage by using the jab while avoiding those wild shots from Steven Robinson (6-1, 4KO). Things were going smoothly for Campbell until he got clipped by a wild left hook in round four. Robinson, realizing he had a wounded opponent, went into beast mode. After one more knockdown and pummeling Campbell in the corner, the referee stopped the fight, giving Robinson a huge victory.


Welterweight Michael McKinson (23-1, 2KO) returned in a six round bout post a lopsided KO loss to Vergil Ortiz in August. The WBA #15 ranked welterweight met expectations in out-boxing Roberto Arriaza (19-5, 14KO) to a near shutout. Arriaza managed to grab a “mercy” round through it all but the superior boxing ability of the top ranked welterweight was too much for the Nicaraguan. This was nothing more than a “confidence booster” for McKinson to get him motivated to rise back to fighting mid to top-level opposition.

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