Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith will square off once again this afternoon in Germany, as the two look to settle the score after a somewhat controversial fight in September, which saw Abraham retain his WBO super middleweight title by scores that were felt to be wider than deserved.
Sky Sports 3 in the UK will have live coverage starting at 2:20 pm EST.
Abraham (41-4, 28 KO) once again defends his belt against Smith (35-4, 20 KO), a challenger who was written off as a non-contender before the bout, but proved his mettle on fight night, pushing Abraham to the limit. The scorecards didn’t reflect that, and while the WBO did not order a rematch, the two sides saw fit to put one together anyway.
Abraham will once again have the home field advantage, and it also has to be wondered if Smith has another performance like the last fight in him, as it was by far a career best. If he does, this could be his night.
On the undercard, rehabbing British heavyweight David Price (18-2, 15 KO) will face Brazil’s Irineu Beato Costa Jr (16-2, 14 KO) in a fight set for 10 rounds. While Costa isn’t really more than a stepping stone opponent type of fighter, he does have some power, and Price’s chin has betrayed him in the past in fights he was supposed to win. One good crack could make all the difference. Price is the heavy favorite, and should be, but you never really know.
Also in action will be Josh Warrington (19-0, 3 KO), who won the European featherweight title in his last outing in October, stopping Davide Dieli in four rounds. Warrington will be fighting a tune-up today, facing Edwin Tellez (9-11-5, 4 KO), as he looks to shake a little rust ahead of his April 11 fight with Dennis Tubieron.