Smith confident he can take WBO title off his rival…
British super-middleweight title challenger Paul Smith has insisted that upcoming opponent Arthur Abraham won’t be able to knock him out like he claims.
Smith believes he can KO Abraham: Brit confident he will become world champion this time.
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Smith vs Abraham set for February 21: Smith back in Germany for revenge.
The 32-year-old is busy preparing for his rematch with the WBO champion after losing in controversial circumstances last September.
Abraham was given the win but it came via a contentious points decision in which all three judges scored the bout heavily in his favour, despite Smith producing an impressive performance which resulted in many insisting that the fight was a lot closer than the scores suggested.
As a result, the pair are back in the ring for a second time on Saturday night in Berlin, and Smith has been keen to stress that last time he went in believing he could win, whereas this time he knows he can win.
“He’s saying that I won’t hear the final bell and I’m banking on it myself if I’m honest with you. I don’t want to hear the final bell. I believe I can get him out of there,” Smith told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I think he’s old and showing his age and I believe I’ve learnt a hell of a lot from the last fight. There is a lot more I can do from the last fight which I’ve learnt from and I’ve picked up on.
“I’ll be surprised if he’s even watched the last fight. He’s a three-time world champion – it’s not something that he will worry about.
“It’s alright him saying he’s going to knock me out. He said it the last time. He couldn’t do it last time and he won’t do it this time.”
Smith is adamant that he will be crowned a world champion on Saturday but he may well be forced into a situation whereby he will need a stoppage in order to avoid history repeating itself as he battles Abraham, the German crowd and the favourable home treatment.