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Callum Smith vs. Anthony Dirrell official for September 9th in Los Angeles

The two are ranked #1 and #2 by the WBC

Boxing at Manchester Arena Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Badou Jack’s now-vacant WBC super middleweight title won’t be vacant for much longer, as top contenders Callum Smith and Anthony Dirrell have signed to fight for it on September 9th in Los Angeles. Smith’s trainer, Joe Gallagher, confirmed the news earlier today.

Both men have been in holding patterns in recent years. Smith (22-0, 17 KO) has been pummeling all comers on the British scene, while Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KO) has fought just three times against middling opposition since losing his title to Jack in 2015.

Oddly enough, both of them destroyed Norbert Nemesapati within approximately four months of one another. You’d think the poor sod’d suffered enough.

It’s about time Smith stepped up to the world level and it’s good to see Dirrell returning to it, especially since the super middleweight division is at its most open in some time. As always, we’ll have venue and undercard details for you as soon as they’re available.

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