Smith v Fielding eyed for September 26; July 8 purse bids for Butler v Yafai

Phil Jay 11/06/2015

An all-Liverpool British super middleweight title contest between Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding is set to happen on September 26, according to the latest news coming out of the British Boxing Board of Control headquarters.

Since Paul Smith decided to remain at world-class and fight Andre Ward, the Lonsdale Belt at 168lbs has been vacant and awaiting an agreement between the top two contender – who happen to be the former champion’s younger brother Callum and Merseyside rival Rocky Fielding.

As both are promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, making the fight was never going to be an issue, and it seems that derby clash is being targeted for late autumn. The city’s Dockland-based Echo Arena is the early favourite to stage the bout which would take place after both have come through tough assignments at the venue this month.

Smith, 25, faces Christopher Rebrasse for the vacant WBC silver title, whilst Fielding is matched-up with hardened American Bryan Vera.

The BBBofC confirmed on Thursday that both teams are happy for the Smith v Fielding battle to go ahead on September 26th, although Hearn and Matchroom are yet to officially make any comment on whether this will actually be the case.

In other news involving a Hearn-promoted fighter, exciting super flyweight Kal Yafai is being put forward as the next challenger to former world champion Paul Butler’s British title as date of July 8 has been laid down for purse bids. 

More news on the potential 115lb blockbuster will be made public then as either side can still decide to pull out of the negotiation process.