SMITH HANDED SECOND SHOT AT ABRAHAM’S WBO TITLE

Paul Smith today landed his dream rematch with WBO world champion Arthur Abraham.

The 31-year-old faces the veteran champion for his super middleweight title at the 02 World Arena, Berlin on February 21.

Both fighters fought in September earlier this year in Kiel, Germany; Abraham retained his title after some contentious score cards were turned in.

The scoring caused a whirlwind of social media stir and as such forced promoter Eddie Hearn to apply to the WBO committee to launch an investigation.

The former British super middleweight champion was not a mandatory challenger in the first bout, so as such the WBO could not grant him such prestige on this occassion.

However after the World Boxing Organization’s president Paco Valcarcel announced his dismay at the result, intense negotiations have taken place since and promoters Kalle Sauerland and Eddie Hearn have managed to thrash out a deal.

Abraham was initially slated to face the winner of the all-German based match up between former champions Felix Sturm and Robert Steiglitz, but that fight resulted in a draw and as such scuppered any plans of a multi million Euro showdown.