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Abraham vs. Smith II – Ready to go to war

Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) came face-to-face at today’s final press conference ahead of their WBO World Super Middleweight Championship rematch on Saturday night at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany.
 
‘’I know what I need to do,’’ announced the reigning WBO Champion Arthur Abraham. ‘’On Saturday night, I will get the job done. My hand will be raised and the title will remain round my waist!

Arthur Abraham promises knockout in Paul Smith rematch

Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) has vowed to show Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) no mercy in their WBO World Super Middleweight Championship rematch at the O2 World in Berlin on February 21.
 
The Berlin-boxer, who was left bemused by the English media’s reaction to their first fight, is ready to leave the decision in no doubt this time, claiming: ”Smith will not hear the final bell!”

Another week, another controversy in boxing

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER CONTROVERSY IN BOXING

Of course, the headline to this piece refers to the WBO super-middleweight title fight on Saturday, in which champion Arthur Abraham retained his title against Liverpool’s Paul Smith, with a unanimous decision.  The furore and outcry that followed the announcement of the decision has both amazed and disappointed this writer.  I genuinely believe that the vast majority of the negativity that surrounded the “bad” “hometown” decision emanates from the jingoistic, and quite frankly, insulting commentary provided yet again by Sky television’s team of Nick Halling and Jim Watt.  Insulting, that is, to genuine boxing devotees and true followers of the sport.

When looked at closely, who, even in the horribly biased Sky team, had Smith actually winning the fight?  In the studio, both Nathan Cleverly and Martin Murray had it a draw.  Halling, himself, said that Smith needed the last round to take the decision, and admitted that Abraham had taken that round.  Only Watt, who had Smith winning by two points, and Johnny Nelson, had Smith ahead at the end.  Even Smith’s trainer, Joe Gallagher, said afterwards that he had scored it a draw.  Where then has the outrage come from and the demand for a rematch for Smith?  Smith and his team would have known beforehand that he would have to win clearly to come away with a victory.  Did he do so?  Even on the evidence of the Sky team – no, he absolutely did not.

Arthur Abraham retains WBO title against Paul Smith

‘King’ Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) retained his WBO World Super Middleweight crown with a unanimous points decision against Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) in Kiel, Germany. After twelve rounds of non-stop action in front of a sell-out crowd at the Sparkassen-Arena the judges scored the fight 117-111, 117-111 and 119-109 in favour of the defending champion.

Arthur Abraham retains WBO title against Paul Smith

‘King’ Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) retained his WBO World Super Middleweight crown with a unanimous points decision against Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) in Kiel, Germany. After twelve rounds of non-stop action in front of a sell-out crowd at the Sparkassen-Arena the judges scored the fight 117-111, 117-111 and 119-109 in favour of the defending champion.

Arthur Abraham retains WBO title against Paul Smith

‘King’ Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) retained his WBO World Super Middleweight crown with a unanimous points decision against Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) in Kiel, Germany. After twelve rounds of non-stop action in front of a sell-out crowd at the Sparkassen-Arena the judges scored the fight 117-111, 117-111 and 119-109 in favour of the defending champion.

Paul Smith confident he can dethrone Abraham in Germany

Paul Smith believes he has the tools to take the WBO World Super Middleweight title from Arthur Abraham when the pair clash for the crown in Kiel, Germany tomorrow night live on Sky Sports.

The Liverpool star tipped the scales at 11st 13 ½ lbs ahead of his first World title shot with Abraham weighing 12st, and Smith wants to add his names to the British and all-time greats that have landed the WBO crown.

Can Smigga be mordred to King Arthur?

CAN SMIGGA BE MORDRED TO KING ARTHUR?

For those not up to speed with their English mythology, Mordred is known as the traitor who brought about the legendary king’s downfall at the battle of Camlann.  In modern day terms, it is Paul “Smigga” Smith who is desperate to bring to an end the reign of “King” Arthur Abraham, when he challenges him for his WBO super-middleweight title in Kiel, Germany, on Saturday evening.  The fight is televised live in the UK by Sky Sports.

Armenian-born but German naturalised Abraham, 40-4 (28), is making the second defence of his current tenure as WBO champion, the title he won in his rubber match with local rival Robert Stieglitz in March.  That fight had a make or break feel about it for Abraham, with Stieglitz having regained the same belt from Abraham with a shocking fourth round eye injury stoppage 12 months beforehand.  That defeat remains Abraham’s only loss inside the distance in his 44 fight career.  However, it was so brutal, with Abraham’s left eye closing almost immediately after being hit by a Stieglitz right-hander at the end of the second round.  Abraham tried to fight on, but Stieglitz was on a mission that night.  Arthur’s longstanding trainer, Ulli Wegner, rightly called the fight off prior to the start of the fourth round.  There is no way his man was going to be able to overcome that particular injury and prevail.

Arthur Abraham not underestimating Paul Smith

WBO World Super Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) and challenger Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) treated fans to a public workout today at the CITTI-PARK shopping centre ahead of their world title fight on Saturday night at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany.

Arthur Abraham not underestimating Paul Smith

WBO World Super Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) and challenger Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) treated fans to a public workout today at the CITTI-PARK shopping centre ahead of their world title fight on Saturday night at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany.

Arthur Abraham not underestimating Paul Smith

WBO World Super Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) and challenger Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) treated fans to a public workout today at the CITTI-PARK shopping centre ahead of their world title fight on Saturday night at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany.

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