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Paul Smith 'Gutted' Over WBO Ruling on Direct Rematch

As previously reported, the WBO denied Paul Smith the chance of an immediate rematch with super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham. Smith was beaten on points by Abraham last month in Kiel but the one-sided nature of the scoring came in for widespread criticism.

The Liverpool boxer pushed Abraham all the way but the veteran kept hold of his belt, scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 119-109 causing outrage from supporters and pundits alike after what was seen to be a relatively close match.

Smith's promoter Eddie Hearn wanted Smith to be lodged as mandatory challenger for Abraham's belt but his appeal has been rejected.

A series of tweets from WBO president Paco Valcarcel read: "Resolution on #AbrahamSmith to be notified on Monday. Rematch petition is DENIED. What caused controversy was margin of scores, not result. Furthermore, due to @PaulSmithJnr's inspired performance Championship Committee recommends he retain his Top 5 position in the WBO Rankings. More on #AbrahamSmith, we are the first ones to condemn scoring of this fight, particularly Laguna's outrageous 119-109 for Abraham card."

Since learning of the verdict Smith has vowed he will earn a rematch with Abraham in the ring.

He said on Twitter: "Gutted that the WBO aren't making a straight rematch. I do believe I'll get the rematch voluntarily, though. I've proved I belong up here."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by johnnycontrolet on 10-20-2014

If Sauerland fighters are involved the opponent can't win on points in Germany

Comment by D-MiZe on 10-20-2014

I bet his heart fell through his arse when he heard 109-119, probably made him feel like the deck was always stacked against him. But he did lose clearly, so I see no need for a rematch and Abraham's management…

Comment by Roy Jones Jnr on 10-20-2014

[QUOTE=D-MiZe;15038464]I'd say it to his face, somewhat more polite but the fact remains that he never did anything to earn a shot. I addressed him specifically 'cause I'm sure he reads these forums and if he sees my comment, he…

Comment by D-MiZe on 10-20-2014

[QUOTE=Roy Jones Jnr;15038430]The audacity of D-Mize aka mr forum nerd talking like he's some ten ****ing men with the ''listen Mr. Smith'' :lol1: Your balls would drop if you were stood face to face with him, so give over with…

Comment by Roy Jones Jnr on 10-20-2014

[QUOTE=D-MiZe;15038191]The audacity of Paul Smith... Listen Mr.Smith, you didn't deserve the opportunity in the first place. The only reason you got that shot is because you aren't that good and they wanted a soft touch for Abraham. Fair enough, you…

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