- Callum Smith is set to meet Anthony Dirrell for world super middleweight title
- The pair were due to meet for the WBC strap on September 9 in Los Angeles
- But Dirrell now wants he fight to take place in Flint, Michigan on September 8
- Smith’s promoter Eddie Hearn vowed to reject the ‘very disappointing’ request
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Callum Smith’s upcoming world title fight with Anthony Dirrell has hit a stumbling block after the American asked for both the date and the venue of the fight to be changed.
The Liverpool fighter had signed a contract to fight Dirrell for the vacant WBC super middleweight world title on September 9 in Los Angeles.
But the American’s camp are now requesting that the fight take place a day earlier and nearly 2,000 miles east in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.
Liverpool boxer Callum Smith was due to meet Anthony Dirrell in Los Angeles on September 9
But Dirrell, 32, wants the WBC super middleweight bout to be on September 8 in Flint, Michigan
Smith’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sportsmail that they are ‘disappointed’ by the request and will ask for it to be rejected.
‘We’ve had a request to change the date to September 8 which is very disappointing. We want to reject that with the WBC,’ he said.
‘It was supposed to be in LA but they want to move it to Flint, Michigan. 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.
He 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.’
The unbeaten Smith has been the mandatory challenger to the WBC world title since April 2016
The news comes as a further blow to the unbeaten Smith (22-0-0), who has to wait more than a year for his shot at the title since becoming mandatory challenger in April 2016.
He was in line to fight the winner of former WBC king Badou Jack’s unification fight with IBF king James DeGale in January.
But after that fight ended in a draw and a potential summer clash with DeGale later fell through, Smith signed to fight for the vacant WBC strap against Dirrell.
The 32-year-old American, whose brother Andre’s fight with Jose Uzcategui was marred by a vicious attack on the Venezuelan by their uncle Leon Lawson, has lost only once in his 32-fight career.