Paul Smith announces end of contract with Warren

Stephen, Liam and Paul Smith

As reported by Phil Kirkbride of the Liverpool Echo, British super-middleweight title holder Paul ‘Smigga’ Smith (pictured far right) has stated that his contract with Frank Warren and any of his organisations came to an end a week ago.

Smith, 31, released the following statement today: "It is not without some considerable sadness and regret that I have to announce that as at Friday 1st November 2013, I ended all contractual relations with Frank Warren and any of his companies.

"I apologise to fans for the fact that in the circumstances I will not be fighting at the Echo Arena on 7th December 2013.

"On advice from my legal team I also regret that at this point in time I cannot comment further."

Warren’s Echo Arena bill on December 7 was originally supposed to feature all three Smith Brothers (Liam, light middleweight champion, Stephen, super featherweight champion and Paul at super middleweight) defending their titles on the same bill.

That was until Stephen announced he had terminated his agreement with Warren last month, and signed a deal with Matchroom. He has since been suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control.

British light middleweight champion Liam is still scheduled to appear on the bill against TBA.


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