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Arthur Abraham-Paul Smith Title Showdown in Talks

Arthur Abraham’s promoter Kalle Sauerland says talks have opened with Eddie Hearn for Abraham to defend his WBO World Super Middleweight title against Paul Smith this autumn.

Smith is in eight-round action in Cardiff on Saturday night live on Sky Sports and Sauerland and ‘King Arthur’ will be tuning in as ‘Smigga’ gets a valuable work-out against David Sarabia, with the 32 year old aiming to land his first World title shot against the popular German.

Abraham regained the title in March in a rematch against Robert Stieglitz and defended the belt a fortnight ago against Nikola Sjekloca – and Sauerland is excited by the potential clash between his charge and Smith.

“We are in talks with Eddie and will certainly be watching the show in Cardiff,” said Sauerland. “Paul is number three in the WBC rankings and his style and Arthur's style would make for an explosive fight and a treat for the fans.”

Hearn added: “We've been talking with Kalle for a while now and I hope to get this fight made in the next week or so. Paul is the leading available contender in the WBO and will bring plenty of support to Germany for the fight but more importantly poses a live threat to Arthur.”

Smith joins his brother Callum on the stacked bill in Wales, as the unbeaten young Liverpool star defends his WBC International Super Middleweight title against Swansea’s Tobias Webb.

Nathan Cleverly makes his debut at Cruiserweight against Shaun Corbin with the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title up for grabs and it’s a huge night for Featherweight star Lee Selby who tackles Mexican Romulo Koasicha in a WBC title eliminator.

Gavin Rees bows out of the pro game after a glittering career with a rematch of his Fight of the Year contender against Gary Buckland, Dale Evans faces Mark Douglas, plus there’s action for Chris Jenkins, Mitch Buckland, Robbie Turley and Alex Hughes.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £30, £40 and £60 ringside available from www.livenation.co.uk or by calling 02920 22 44 88, and from Sanigar Events on 0117 949 6699.

VIP Packages priced £120 are available from www.matchroomboxing.com or by calling 01277 359900.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hyeduk on 05-16-2014

Before criticizing Abraham, ask yourself two questions: Who is a WBC champion? And against whom P4P fighter like Ward defended his title?

Comment by giacomino on 05-16-2014

[QUOTE=Freedom2014;14557450]Sauerland is getting to be as bad as Universum was. There are at least 20 better super middleweights than Paul Smith.[/QUOTE] Agree. Always liked Abraham but it seems like he realized after losing badly to Ward and Froch that he'd…

Comment by Hitman932 on 05-16-2014

[QUOTE=Freedom2014;14557450]Sauerland is getting to be as bad as Universum was. There are at least 20 better super middleweights than Paul Smith.[/QUOTE] Why do you single out Smith? There are ten super middleweights better than this bum Abraham and he gets…

Comment by Box-Office on 05-16-2014

What's more comical? This or the fact that Abraham is a champion at 168. :thinking:

Comment by BattlingNelson on 05-16-2014

[QUOTE=Freedom2014;14557450]Sauerland is getting to be as bad as Universum was. There are at least 20 better super middleweights than Paul Smith.[/QUOTE] I'm thinking that Sauerland is in crisis as they are losing their lucrative deal with ARD.

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