Chicken & Blues is delighted to announce that it will be an official sponsor for Chris Billam-Smith’s upcoming world title fight at Vitality Stadium on Saturday 27th May.

The fight, which is being broadcast live to the nation on Sky Sports and features a number of local fighters, is one of the most high profile sporting events in Bournemouth’s history, with hometown hero Chris taking on world champion Lawrence Okolie in front of a crowd of 15,000 fans.

Chris Billam-Smith: “I’m delighted that C&B is sponsoring me for this momentous fight at Vitality Stadium. Josh and Steve have supported my journey for many years, since they had their first restaurant in Boscombe, and I was an aspiring professional boxer. I’ve been a big fan of the brand and their food since the beginning – so to have them on board for a world championship fight, at my hometown club’s stadium, feels like a proud moment!”

Steve Crawford, C&B: “It’s been fantastic to watch Chris’ career develop over the last decade, and for his boyhood dream to be realised with this stadium fight at Vitality. Chris lives up to his moniker of ‘the gentleman’ – he’s always been a loyal supporter of C&B and the team are pretty starstruck these days when he visits our restaurants. We’re happy to be a sponsor, and will be cheering him on every step of the way”.

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C&B trivia: Here’s Chris’ go-to C&B combo when he’s training:

  • 1/2 BBQ Chicken
  • Sweet Potato Mash
  • Tenderstem Broccoli
  • Corn on the Cob