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Boxing: German Abraham looks set to end Smith’s World Title dream

19 Feb | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Boxing: German Abraham looks set to end Smith’s World Title dream

‘King Arthur’ will pose a different threat to the Englishman in the much anticipated rematch.

Godfather of the British Boxing scene Eddie Hearn, is normally rather careful with his words. However, the promoter felt compelled to describe Abraham and Smith’s first encounter in September as ‘a disgrace’. In fact, so did most of the boxing world…

British Champion Paul Smith in many people’s eyes was robbed of World glory through what can only be described as baffling judges scorecards.

The Englishman was tireless throughout the fight and constantly pressurised a shocked and fatigued looking Abraham.

The feeling on the final bell was one of delight for Paul Smith who alongside the viewing public believed he had a great chance of a points win in albeit a very close fight.

117-111, 117-111 and 119-109 were the final scorecards, all controversially in favour of the home-champion Arthur Abraham.

However, in a strange twist of fortunes the overwhelmingly unusual nature of the scorecards is perhaps why Smith was so easily able to get the rematch.

It’s a fully deserved second chance for the 32-year-old who certainly seemed to catch Abraham cold on the night.

Smith was a huge underdog who’d been regarded as more of a national level fighter and the well-established World Champion ‘King Arthur’ simply seemed un-prepared.

However, that won’t be the case this time around. The German knows Smith’s capabilities and I expect him to be fully motivated and at the peak of his fitness for this fight which makes him a very dangerous animal.

Abraham’s complacency and fatigue allowed Smith to manoeuvre and dictate the pace of the first fight, but expect Abraham to be far more effective at cutting off the ring, limiting Smith’s movement in order to offload his heavy punches successfully.

For Smith, it will be a matter of building on his performance from 5 months ago. Constant pressure, clever movement, and good punch power were all evident in the first fight for Smith so he’ll need those attributes multiplied.

The rematch takes place in Abraham’s beloved Berlin and therefore the Englishman knows he can’t afford to leave it to the judges which could distract from Smith’s game plan and desperation could set in later on as he looks for the KO.

It’s at that point I expect Abraham to take advantage of Smith’s growingly sloppy defence and catch him with a big shot in the championship rounds. I predict we’re going to see a definitive end with Abraham to win by KO.

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