Smith Jnr vacates British title, brother Callum v Fielding put to purse bids

Phil Jay 13/04/2015

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Two-time world super middleweight title challenger Paul Smith Jnr has decided to vacate the Lonsdale belt he regained in June 2013 in order to concentrate on bigger challenges in the coming months.

Following his spirited showings in Germany against WBO champion Arthur Abraham in September 2014 and February this year, the 32 year-old has already been linked to clashes with top competitors Andre Ward, Gilberto Ramirez and J’Leon Love. In his bid to stay relevant at the highest end of the 168lb spectrum, ‘Smigga’ has now left the British title behind and ironically left his undefeated younger brother Callum to fight for the coveted domestic honour against Smith’s old rival Rocky Fielding.

The older Smith and Prizefighter champion Fielding have long been linked to a Merseyside grudge match as its been made no secret that the two are not on friendly terms, although it looks like Callum could now be the one to attempt to settle the score.

In a British Boxing Board of Control announcement late last week, it was released into the public domain that ‘Mundo’ Smith versus ‘Rocky from Stocky’ Fielding would hold purse bids at the organisation’s offices on May 13th ending at twelve noon. As Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn promotes both fighters, it should be a relatively easy fight to put together, and according to the BBBofC, has to take place by the end of July unless either fighter pulls out of what could be a contest of huge contest at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in the summer.

Fielding, 27, has put together a 20-0 record since turning pro five years ago, whilst highly-rated 24 year-old Smith is already 15-0 since his debut in 2012 and is scheduled to return to action on May 9 in Birmingham.