By: Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
Paul Smith’s second attempt to win the WBO world super middleweight title ended with a unanimous points loss to Arthur Abraham in Berlin.
With some controversy surrounding the scoring in their first encounter, there was no doubt in who the winner was come the final bell.
Smith started the fight well. Establishing his jab early on and forcing Abraham back with some solid looking right hands.
The Liverpool man had the superior workrate in the opening rounds, but a lot of his shots were catching the gloves of Abraham. However, in the fourth round the champion had success with a left, right hook combination which seemed to hurt the 32-year old challenger.
Smith was soon in trouble again in the fifth when Abraham unleashed a flurry of punches, but ‘Smigga’ showed his heart by spinning of the ropes and coming back with some decent combinations of his own.
Rounds six and seven were shared between the two fighters, with Smith taking the sixth and Abraham taking the seventh.
It was in the eighth that Smith took a hammering and when a solid right hand landed from the champion, that had the German crowd on their feet.
Abraham continued to pile on the pressure and with Smith having no answer the dream of becoming a world champion was slowly fading away as the rounds ticked by.
Nonetheless, Smith continued to throw hard punches and in the penultimate round the Scouser landed a right hook to the body, which seemed to hurt the champion momentarily.
Abraham managed to see out the final round to take the fight, 116-112, 117-111 and 117-111 respectively.
It was a brave effort from Paul Smith, who can hold his head up high after going another hard 12 rounds with the tough Arthur Abraham.
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