Whyte v Cornish / Smith v Fielding put to March 11 purse bids by BBBofC

Phil Jay 12/02/2015

Mouth-watering British fights between heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Gary Cornish and super-middleweights Paul Smith and Rocky Fielding have been handed purse bid dates of March 11 by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Undefeated Whyte (13-0) and Cornish (19-0) are set to be pitted together, pending an agreement by both sides, in what will be an eliminator for a crack at current British heavyweight title holder Tyson Fury.

As Fury is currently lined up to face Christian Hammer on February 28 at the O2 Arena in London before a potential world title fight, there is a distinct possibility that the champion will vacate to allow Whyte and Cornish to fight it out for the Lonsdale Belt themselves.

In the 168 pound division, British title holder Paul Smith Jnr is already fighting for a world championship against WBO holder Arthur Abraham in a rematch leaving Fielding to await the outcome before any negotiations could begin through their promoter Eddie Hearn.

There has been considerable bad blood between Smith and Fielding in the past, both of whom are from Liverpool, and any future match-up would be a huge draw in their hometown and would certainly fill the city’s Echo Arena to the rafters.

In other BBBofC news, Bob Ajisafe and Travis Dickinson could meet for the light-heavyweight version, whilst Nick Blackwell may be handed his chance at the middleweight belt should Billy Joe Saunders move on to world level.

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