The British Boxing Board of Control have today decided that
British super-featherweight champion Stephen Smith will not be
allowed to defend his title on any promotion other than that of his
promoter Frank Warren, which is scheduled for Saturday 7th December
at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
Earlier this month, Smith announced that he would participate in
the defence of his title against Gary Sykes on Saturday 23rd
November in Manchester on a show promoted by Eddie Hearn.
However, Smith and Hearn chose to ignore the fact that the BBBofC
has already formally sanctioned the fight to take place at the
Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 7th December.
Robert Smith, the General Secretary of the BBBofC, today stated
that until the Board has heard the dispute and made a decision
Stephen Smith "will not be able to appoint another person to act on
his behalf as manager nor will he be able to negotiate with others
on his own behalf. It follows that, prior thereto, the Board will
not allow him to participate in a contest arranged by a third