Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Stephen Smith claims Frank Warren Split, denial issued

By Terence Dooley

Wragge & Co. LLP, a UK-based law firm, issued a statement from British Super featherweight champion Stephen Smith earlier today in which he claims that his contract with W. Promotions Limited has been terminated.

‘I’ve been with W Promotions since I turned pro and during that time have held the British Featherweight and Super-Featherweight titles,’ stated Smith, who won Commonwealth gold as an amateur in 2006.

‘Now though the time has come to pursue my career away from W Promotions.  As such I’m today announcing the termination of my contract with W Promotions.  I would like to thank everyone at W Promotions for the support and guidance they’ve given me.  A special thank you to Dean Powell — like so many other boxers out there I appreciate everything he did for my career.’

Warren, though, has issued a statement to the contrary.  Here it is in its entirety:

‘This statement is made following the statement released by boxer Stephen Smith yesterday, where he claims to have terminated his agreement with W. Promotions Ltd. W Promotions Ltd has received no notice of termination.

‘Frank Warren has received a letter in which Stephen Smith says that he wishes to terminate his Approved Boxer/Management Agreement. This letter was sent nearly seven weeks following his successful challenge for the British title in August and after it was announced he was to be part of an historic show where all three of the Smith brothers would defend their British Championships on the same night.

‘However, the letter does not disclose grounds to validly terminate the agreement and so Stephen Smith remains under contract to Frank Warren. Any party seeking his services must contact Mr. Warren in the first instance to comply with the rules of the BBBofC.

‘Mr. Warren will defend his rights as both the Manager and Promoter of Stephen Smith and a complaint has already been lodged at the British Boxing Board of Control and a letter sent to his solicitors. Other parties, who we are aware have induced Mr. Smith to breach his contract and in doing so have tortuously interfered with Mr Warren’s rights, will also be the subject of action through the BBBofC and the Courts.

'On a more personal note, It is extremely disappointing that Stephen Smith has chosen to implicate the late Dean Powell in his grounds for termination, yet in his press statement yesterday he specifically thanked Mr. Powell for the work done on his behalf throughout his career. It is our opinion that the timing of this and the manner in which it has been conducted is in poor taste.’

Smith is pencilled in for a December 7 title defence against former English and British titlist Gary Sykes on a Frank Warren-promoted bill at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, in what would be the first defence of the belt he won with a stunning fifth-round KO win over tough Welshman Gary Buckland at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena in August.

Smith landed a picture perfect right uppercut on Buckland to win the title, a shot that retired trainer Billy Graham described as: “One of the most perfect punches you could produce and it came after ‘Swifty’ had done a good job of fighting fire with fire against Buckland then drawing him in.”

Smith, 17-1 (10), has impressed since losing his undefeated record, plus his British and Commonwealth featherweight titles, to Lee Selby in September 2011, an eighth-round KO loss, and has often talked about his desire to gain revenge over his rival.

However, the 28-year-old opted for a move to 130lbs, where he picked up the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title by beating Ben Jones in a single stanza in March 2012.  The 2006 and 2007 ABA featherweight champion’s form has been good at the higher poundage; plus Dean Powell matched him well in the aftermath of the defeat and prior to the expert matchmaker’s tragic death last month.

Smith’s form is good news for his many fans and with brothers Paul and Liam also British title-holders, at Super middle and light-middleweight respectively, the fighting Smith family are in fine fettle.

Indeed, the three of them were due to defend their belts on the December date, which would have made for an amazing piece of British boxing history.  Three siblings have never held British titles at the same time before, let alone defended their Lonsdale belts on the same bill.

“It’s a remarkable achievement for three brothers to be British champions at the same time and I can’t see it being repeated again in the near future,” said Warren when announcing the BoxNation-televised “History Boys” show last week, and the statement above suggests that the promoter intends to make sure that the historic night takes place.

Please send news and views to [email protected] or Twitter @Terryboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cleaver on 10-04-2013

If you bypass loyalty, this is absolutely the right time to bail on Boxnation for Matchroom. 20 shows a year on Sky TV means a hell of a lot of opportunities and exposure for that stable. Plus everyone hates Fish…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Anthony Joshua Throws Weight Behind Members-Only London Gym Photos: Cuellar vs. Mares, Charlo vs. Williams - Official Weigh-In Erik Skoglund Gets TKO Victory: Sven Fornling, Mikaela Lauren Win Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. Found Murdered in Guadalajara No Drama In L.A.: Cuellar, Mares, Charlo, Williams Make Weight Menard, Beltran Make Weight for HBO Co-Feature Molina Weighs In at 144 Pounds for 140-Pound Crawford Fight Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Dominik Britsch - On Weight For War Paul Gallen Beats Junior Paulo, Vows To KO Ryan Carr Next Concepcion vs. Yafai Still On, WBA Belt At Stake For Yafai Only Adrien Broner Hit For Damages in Sex Tape Lawsuit Photos: Jayson Velez vs. Alfredo Santiago, Serrano-Silgado Weigh-in Light-Heavy, Trainer Banned Over Nick Blackwell Readmission Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt Lands on BoxNation Video: Joshua, Molina, Chisora, Whyte, Ortiz, Taylor Weigh-In Hozumi Hasegawa in Shock Retirement, Won't Defend WBC Belt Photos: Yafai on Point, Concepcion Overweight and Loses Belt Photos: Joshua vs. Molina, Chisora vs. Whyte - Official Weigh-in Randy Caballero, Golden Boy Reach Deal To Extend Promotional Lipinets' Manager: Troyanovsky Had No Chin, Indongo Ours in 2017 Abner Mares: I'm Not Scared of Cuellar's Power; I Hit Hard, Too Wladimir Klitschko: I Want To Fight The Very Best Anthony Joshua Charlo: Not Much Left For Me at 154; I'm Not Afraid of Golovkin! Frank Warren Talks Parker-Ruiz, Joshua Revealing McCracken Link Quigg: I Have To Keep Winning, Build Buzz For Frampton Rematch Bob Arum Reflects on Kicking Out Anthony Mundine, Praises Horn Paul Gallen Losing Hope of Landing Sonny Bill Williams Clash Amir Khan Family Dispute To Be Part of New Reality Show? Anthony Joshua Sees No Need To Use Chisora-Whyte WWE Tactics Roach: Pacquiao-Crawford Possible, I like Pacquiao-Canelo Better Joselito Velazquez To Face Eduardo Casimero in Pro Debut Abel Sanchez: Ruiz, Parker Will Hit Each Other, Hurt Each Other Will Khalid Yafai Expand the Picture at 115? Jackson: Kovalev Was 5-1 After Six, Was 3-3 With Ward in Last Six Molina Warns Joshua: You Slip Up Once and You Will Be Dancing! Oleksandr Usyk Eyes World Titles Held By Gassiev, Tony Bellew Julian Williams: Being Underrated and Overlooked Ends Saturday Chocolatito's Manager Outlines The Options For 2017 Photos: Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Weigh-In - Ready For War Photos: Cuellar vs. Mares, Charlo vs. Williams - Final Presser
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement