Paul Smith to challenge WBO champion Arthur Abraham on September 27
Britain's Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) will be getting a world title shot against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) on September 27 in Kiel, Germany.
Smith’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed via Twitter that he has secured the Liverpool super-middleweight his first world title shot, with the 31-year-old pencilled in to challenge Abraham at the Sparkassen-Arena.
“I am thrilled that the fight with Arthur Abraham has been confirmed,” Smith said. “Arthur is a great champion, a real gentleman and a brilliant ambassador for the sport.
“I do believe that our styles will make for a great fight, but I just think I am getting him at the right time. I know I can beat him and I have seen things that I can capitalise on. I’m sure it will be a spectacular show and I’m proud to be fighting for a world title over in Germany.”
But 34-year-old Abraham, who has been in the ring with the likes of Andre Ward and Carl Froch, says he has no intention of relinquishing his title.
"This will be my fourth appearance in Kiel,” the Armenian-born fighter said. “I have won here three times before, two of them by knockout.
“My fight on September 27 will be the first time I have defended my WBO super-middleweight title here and there is no way I am going to lose. I will retain my world championship and continue my winning streak at the Sparkassen-Arena.”
Hearn added: “This is a huge opportunity for Paul and one that he and his trainer Joe Gallagher have asked me to deliver for them. The styles blend well, it’s going to be a cracking fight and UK fans should head to Kiel on September 27 with a number of other Matchroom fighters on the bill.
“Domestically, the super-middleweight division is red hot right now and Paul has the chance to gatecrash the world scene.”