British boxer Chris Billam-Smith has announced he is returning to his hometown for his final fight of 2022.
The 32-year-old European and Commonwealth heavyweight champion is due to face Kosovo’s Armend Xhoxhaj on December 17 at Bournemouth International Center (BIC).
“We’re back,” Billam-Smith posted on social media.
“Back in front of the best fans and atmosphere in the world. The last step before the big one next year.”
Billam-Smith, from Bournemouth, successfully defended his titles against Isaac Chamberlain in his first fight back at the BIC in July.
He has won his last seven fights and his professional record now stands at 16 wins – including 11 by knockout – with one defeat.
“Christmas is coming early in Bournemouth and I’m ready to put on a world-class display for all of you,” he added.
His opponent Xhoxhaj, nicknamed “The Bombardier”, won the WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title after beating Roman Fress earlier this year and has won 14 fights, including seven by knockout, and has lost two since becoming professional.
Billam-Smith is the oldest, tallest and most experienced fighter heading towards a title.
Xhoxhaj is looking to continue his comeback and extend his unbeaten streak to three after suffering only the second defeat of his career a year ago.