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“It’s a fight that the fans really want to see. We are the top two super-middleweights in Britain so let’s see who is the best.” – Paul Smith
European super-middleweight champion Brian Magee has withdrawn from purse bids for a fight against British champion Paul Smith.
Magee’s mananger and father, Pat Magee, informed the British Boxing Board of Control by e-mail on Wednesday stating: “Brian Magee has decided not to challenge Paul Smith for the British super-middleweight title. accordingly, the purse bids for this contest should be cancelled.”
Belfast’s Magee is a former British champion who has held the IBO version of the world title and last lost in 2006 at the hands of Carl Froch, and following months of negotiations with Magee’s camp and Smith’s promoter Frank Warren, the fight had been set for Saturday, July 17.
Liverpool based Smith, who captured the British title in a tough local derby fight against Tony Quigley last October before defending it against Tony Dodson in March, in another toe to toe thriller, is disappointed by Magee’s withdrawal from the championship fight.
“I’m not going to shoot my mouth off saying that Magee is scared because he has proved himself by winning the European title against Mads Larsen in Denmark and has fought the some of the best domestic super-middles in Carl Froch and Robin Reid.” said Smith.
“So I’m left wondering why he doesn’t want to fight me and take the opportunity to challenge for his British title again to add to his European belt.
“It’s a fight that the fans really want to see. We are the top two super-middleweights in Britain so let’s see who is the best.”
Promoter Frank Warren added, “We are trying to make the big fights the fans want to see, but it’s a big let-down when, after months of negotiating, it leads to nothing.
“It heads to purse bids and then they pull out on the day.
“Paul’s already beaten Dodson and Quigley so Magee would have been a good name to add to his record.”