Abraham plans on taking the judges out of the equation against Paul Smith
By Scott Gilfoid: The last thing that WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) wants to see happen this Saturday night on February 21st is his rematch against Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) to go to the cards once again.
Abraham is concerned that if goes to the cards, it’ll potentially give the 32-year-old Smith an opportunity to complain that he was somehow robbed of a decision victory like he did last September after Abraham beat Smith by a fairly large set of scores. As such, Abraham wants to make sure that Smith can’t complain this time after he knocks him out.
The Abraham-Smith fight will be taking place at the O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Germany. Oddly enough, Smith isn’t worried about fighting Abraham in Germany, because he feels that he’s going to be able to score a knockout over the 34-year-old fighter.
Smith wants to take the judges out of the fight as well, although his work is going to be that much harder than Abraham’s due to his lack of punching power.
‘’I will relieve the judges of their responsibility. There will be no doubt. Smith will not hear the final bell,” Abraham said.
Abraham wants a conclusive victory over Smith this time because he wants to be able to move on and take on fellow German Felix Sturm in a bout that will likely give Abraham a much bigger payday than the Smith fight.
The World Boxing Organization obviously gave Abraham a huge gift in letting him face Smith again rather than insisting that he take on someone highly ranked like Gilberto Ramirez. By Abraham being able to fight Smith again and then Sturm, Abraham is getting the equivalent of two stay busy fights rather than him having to face a real test.
Smith is going to be getting hit very hard all night long by Abraham next Saturday, and I can’t see Smith being able to take the head shots he’ll be getting nailed with.
Abraham has every reason to want to put every ounce of power in each of his head shots that he throws, because he’s not going to want to let the fight go to the cards due to Smith possibly complaining again that he was robbed.
Abraham has bigger and better things that he wants to accomplish with his career, and he doesn’t want to get stuck on a nonstop merry-go-round of fights against Paul Smith.
‘’I have dreamt of a fight against Felix Sturm for many years,’’ Abraham said. ‘’That would be a huge event in Germany. It has not been possible in the past due to conflicting television partners, but first, I must defeat Paul Smith on February 21 at the O2 World in Berlin.’’
Well, Abraham didn’t need to give Smith a rematch. He could have chosen to move on like most fighters do after they win one-sided fights. But it’s Abraham and his promoters at Sauerland Events who saw the Smith fight as worthy enough to want to take a second time. I see it as a title-milking fight for Abraham where he can slip in another payday. I mean, I don’t see Abraham as being able to hold onto his WBO title for too long.
Abraham is doing okay right now given the mediocre opposition he’s been fighting since he picked up the WBO title from Robert Stieglitz, but eventually Abraham will have to fight someone who is actually a good fighter, and I can’t see him beating anyone that is good. Abraham is still the same fighter that was soundly beaten by Andre Ward, Carl Froch and Andre Dirrell in the Super Six tournament. The only difference is he’s been fighting lesser guys since tournament ended.
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