Former British Super-Middleweight Champion Brian Magee today withdrew from purse bids for a fight against reigning champion Paul Smith. Magee's mananger Pat Magee informed the British Boxing Board of Control by email today (9 June) stating: "Brian Magee has decided not to challenge Paul Smith for the British Super-Middleweight. Accordingly the purse bids today for this contest should be cancelled."
This follows months of negotiations with Magee's camp and Smith's promoter Frank Warren offering the Belfastman the opportunity of fighting Smith on Saturday 17th July..
Liverpudlian Smith, who captured the British title with hard fought points win over Tony Quigley last October and made a brutal defence against Tony Dodson in March, is disappointed by Magee's reluctance to face him.
"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 lets 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 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."