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Where: Kiel, Germany.
When: Saturday September 27, 20:30 (UK time)
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Arthur Abraham will defend his WBO super-middleweight title against Paul Smith in Kiel on Saturday night, with the challenger hoping to fulfil a lifetime ambition.
Abraham (40-4, 28 KO) has won his last four fights and will be making the second defence of his title this time round, but there are significant question marks hanging over his head.
The 34-year-old hasn’t stopped any of his opponents since 2012 thus giving way to suggestions that he has perhaps lost some of the weight behind his shots, while it remains to be seen despite his undeniable talent, whether or not time has caught up with him.
Smith certainly believes it has and he has insisted that the time of this fight is perfect for him, and despite the fact that he doesn’t have the same experience or hasn’t fought top-calibre opponents previously, he has the gameplan and ability to take his opportunity.
Having held the British title and been involved in boxing for over 20 years, Smith is well versed in what to expect. The 31-year-old is also a Sky Sports pundit and believes that the opportunity to take a step back and break down fights analytically will also help him on Saturday.
Nevertheless, he will be fully aware that this could be his one and only chance at a world title, and with training camp going perfectly, he believes that as long as he can execute the gameplan and box smart, he knows he is capable of defeating “King” Arthur without having to become involved in a scrap which would suit his rival.
Naturally, given that the fight is being held in Germany, the British fighter will unlikely be given the nod if its a close points decision, but Smith believes that he has all the knowledge he needs in order to dethrone the champion and his jab will likely hold the key to which way the fight goes.