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Trainer Joe Gallagher recently announced on Twitter that Callum Smith will fight for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title against American Anthony Dirrell on September 9th in Los Angeles.
The Liverpudlian has held the mandatory spot for the WBC since beating Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi in April 2016, but has finally booked in his title shot after months of intense negotiations with the Dirrell camp.
The 27-year-old was set to fight the winner of James DeGale and Badou Jack’s contest in January, but the fight ended in a majority draw with Jack subsequently vacating his title after moving up to Light Heavyweight.
Promoter Eddie Hearn did claim that there was a chance for Smith to challenge DeGale for the IBF title, but vowed they wanted to continue going down the WBC route.
It will be Smith’s first outing in 2017, having not been in action since his vicious knockout victory against Luke Blackledge at the end of last year, whilst Dirrell has been out of action since his sixth-round stoppage against Norbert Nemesapati in January.
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The 32-year-old American is a previous holder of the WBC crown after he beat Sakio Bika on the second time of asking in 2014, before losing his title to Jack in a majority decision loss.
‘Mundo’ is the last member of the Smith brother clan to challenge for world honours, with elder brothers Stephen and Paul unsuccessfully challenging for world titles whilst Liam had an 11-month reign as WBO Light Middleweight champion between October 2015 and September 2016.
Smith could become the third British world title holder in the current Super Middleweight division by September, with DeGale as IBF champion whilst George Groves is challenging for the WBA (Super) title next week against Fedor Chudinov.
Article written by – Yoseph Siza