Hearn vows to fight Dirrell attempt to move Smith WBC title bout to home soil in Flint

WBN 29/06/2017

Eddie Hearn has revealed an attempt by Anthony Dirrell and his team to move the vacant WBC super-middleweight title clash with Callum Smith.

The contest, which will have Badou Jack’s old green belt on the line, was originally confirmed for September 9 in Los Angeles and both fighters were focused on that date.

That was until this week, when Hearn learned of Dirrell’s hope to take the encounter from California to his own backyard in Michigan and switch it a day earlier to September 8.

“It was supposed to be in LA but they want to move it to Flint, Michigan,” Hearn explained to Mail Sport.

“We’d rather it be in LA of course and we have signed a contract for September 9 in LA so as far as we’re concerned that’s where the fight’s happening.

The Matchroom boss added: ‘We have signed a contract, we have no mechanisms for change in the contract so I can’t see how it can be changed.

“But they’ll try and change it and we’ll see what happens.”

Smith is attempting to become the second brother in his family to win a world title and will be the fourth in total to be involved in a top level championship bout.

Older brother Liam held the super-welterweight strap until he ran into Canelo last year, whilst Paul and Stephen have both missed out in five separate attempts between them.

‘Mundo’ would certainly be apprehensive, as would Hearn, about taking the fight on Dirrell’s doorstep and either side will be working dilligently behind the scenes to find an amicable solution.