Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28KO’s) retained his WBO super middleweight title this evening in his nineteenth world title fight by defeating Britain’s Paul Smith Jr (35-4, 20KO’s) in Kiel, Germany.
The fight was very competitive with back and forth action between the two in each of the twelve rounds with many feeling Smith exhibited a world class performance and may have deserved the victory; nobody expected the Liverpool fighter to put up the display he did and felt he rightly deserved a rematch.
After the final bell, the majority seemed to have the fight scored very close by one or two rounds to either man. All three judges provoked outrage however by handing in scores of 119-109 and 117-111 twice in favour of the home fighter Abraham. The fight was never that wide in reality with one judge giving Smith just one round during the course of the whole fight.
Abraham is likely to now go on to fight the winner of the huge German dust up between Felix Sturm and Robert Stieglitz later this year.
Smith could go back down to British level and defend his title and attempt to gain the Lonsdale belt outright; however he has proved this evening he belongs way past domestic level and may decide to vacate the belt for younger brother and emerging world talent Callum Smith in order to secure a rematch with Abraham.