‘King Arthur’ confident he will beat Smith for a second time…
WBO super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham has insisted that he wasn’t impressed by Paul Smith in their first fight last September, given that he was the clear winner.
Abraham vs Smith 2 head-to-head: (Video) Pair face-to-face in Berlin at press conference.
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Abraham won their first bout on a unanimous decision on points, but it sparked controversy given the gap on the judges scorecards, as many felt that it was much closer.
Smith insists that while he went into that fight believing he could win, he now knows he can beat his experienced rival, and the 32-year-old is adamant that he will return home a champion.
Naturally, Abraham completely disagrees and although he was friendly and even handed Smith and trainer Joe Gallagher some presents during the press conference on Wednesday, he wasn’t impressed by Smith in their first meeting and expects to defend his title again.
The challenger also spoke after the press conference, and reiterated that he is merely going through the motions this week as ultimately he is focused on fight night.
Smith was evidently bored of questions from the German media over whether or not Manchester United star and close friend Wayne Rooney would be travelling to Berlin for the fight, and he is determined to not lose his focus on the task in hand.
Smith insists that preparation has gone great after sparring with Chris Eubank Jr and getting advice off Eubank Sr, and he believes that he will be at his best on Saturday.
Nevertheless, it will be important for him to dominate rounds unless he is able to get the stoppage, as the Merseysider will not want to leave it to the judges again.