Hearn: Dirrell Refused To Enter WBSS, So Smith Can't Go Either

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

EDDIE HEARN will fight to ensure Callum Smith’s WBC super-middleweight clash with Anthony Dirrell is not switched to the American’s hometown in Michigan.

Smith signed a contract to face Dirrell for the vacant WBC belt in Los Angeles on September 9.

The clash is due to be on the undercard of Leo Santa Cruz’s WBA featherweight title defence against Abner Mares.


But Dirrell now wants the fight moved to Flint in Michigan and Hearn has spoken with WBC chief Mauricio Sulaiman to ensure it will not be switched.

The Matchroom chief said: “We signed a contract for September 9 in Los Angeles and lodged in with the WBC.

“They came back on Wednesday and they said they wanted to change the venue to Flint, Michigan, on September 8.

“We said we’ve signed the contract and there is no mechanism to change the contract.

“People have booked flights and hotels, friends and fans of Callum. It was supposed to be on the bill with Santa Cruz-Mares.

“So we have said to Mauricio Sulaiman, we shouldn’t have to fight on September 8 in Flint, we’ve signed the contract. We are waiting on a ruling.”

There was the potential for both men to enter the new World Boxing Super Series along with WBA champion George Groves and have their world title clash in that knockout tournament.

The tournament has a prize pot of more than £20m for super-middleweights and would also offer at least one guaranteed unification clash.

But Hearn said: “Dirrell is not going in the Super Series. Originally we were hoping to go in and this fight would be the first round but Dirrell refused so Callum can’t go in either.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RuslanChagaev on 07-05-2017

[QUOTE=jas;17833092]Remember when his brother claimed brain damage from that punch from Abraham when he pulled out of the super six yet most boxing fans thought he was ducking ward Not surprised Anthony don't want tough competition around the world. He…

Comment by KING5TWENTY on 07-05-2017

Nobody claimed brain damage he had brain damage from that single sucker punch. He had a medical report from a doctor saying he was not fit to compete after doing a brain scan. That punch did permanent damage

Comment by KING5TWENTY on 07-05-2017

I'm not sure what his uncle has to do with Dirrel himself who apologized instantly for his uncles actions then said that isn't the way he wanted to win. There good dudes

Comment by Randall Cunning on 07-05-2017

[QUOTE=BoxHec;17833079]Originally Posted by BoxHec View Post So now the britheads hate Anthony Dirrell because he's not interested by the WBSS... what's next nationalist pr!ck$? Is Joshua in London and Brook in Sheffield just fought in their hometowns? and is Jorge…

Comment by jas on 07-05-2017

Remember when his brother claimed brain damage from that punch from Abraham when he pulled out of the super six yet most boxing fans thought he was ducking ward Not surprised Anthony don't want tough competition around the world. He…

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