British middleweight champion Paul Smith (pictured) issued a statement this week announcing he has split from long-time promoter Frank Warren. The Liverpool fighter apologised to his fans when breaking the news that he wouldn’t be defending his Lonsdale belt against Luke Blackledge on December 7 on a Frank Warren show at the ECHO Arena. Younger brother Stephen Smith, the British super-featherweight champion also pulled out of the ECHO Arena bill recently too, after splitting from the promoter and joining Matchroom, he has since been suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control. Other Brother Liam Smith, the British light middleweight champion is still scheduled to appear on the bill in a defence of his belt. Here are the statements from both Paul Smith and Frank Warren regarding the split.