By Elliot Foster
Callum Smith will finally get his shot at global glory later this year.
The undefeated super-middleweight, who is the WBC’s number one contender, has a record of 22-0 with 17 early and is set to vie for the sanctioning body’s vacant belt against Anthony Dirrell.
A spanner was thrown into the works recently when it was mooted that ‘Mundo’ would ditch the green and gold belt in favour of an all-British showdown against IBF king James DeGale on a July date at the O2 Arena in London.
But after nothing was set in stone regarding that fight, it was confirmed on Friday by Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher that he will travel to the United States –– and more particularly Los Angeles –– to face the Flint-based former champion (30-1-1, 24 KOs) on September 9.
“It’s on,” Gallagher tweeted, before revealing that the contract has been signed from Smith’s end.
Further details, including a specific venue, regarding the fight and the 27-year-old’s world title chance will be revealed in due course.
Smith, Gallagher and promoter Eddie Hearn were all unavailable for comment.
Anthony Dirrell has seen more adversity than most throughout his career as his time in boxing has been seriously jeopardized twice, first in December 2006 when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and was sidelined for 20 months and again in May 2012 when he broke his lower left leg and left wrist in a motorcycle accident.
The Flint, Michigan-native never let that hold him down as he kept winning fights and working his way up the professional ranks. In 2014 he won his first championship when he defeated defending champion Sakio Bika. His road back to a 168-pound title began in September 2015 when he dominated the action against Marco Antonio Rubio on his way to a unanimous decision victory.