Paul Smith believes he can KO Arthur Abraham and take his world title

No need for judges' scorecards this time, says WBO challenger

Last Updated: 06/02/15 6:28pm

Paul Smith Jr believes his world title rematch with Arthur Abraham will not go the distance.
Paul Smith Jr believes his world title rematch with Arthur Abraham will not go the distance.

Paul Smith believes he can knock out Arthur Abraham and finally become a world champion.

The Liverpool fighter travels to Germany for his second encounter with Abraham on February 21 forthe WBO super-middleweight title rematch.

Smith claims he should be the champion rather than challenger after losing a controversial decision to Abraham back in September and second time around, he tells Ringside, the judges won't be required.

"I believe I can knock him out. I believe I’ve got the power to hurt anyone," Smith said.

"I believe I won the fight. If you don’t think I won the fight, you must have had it a draw or you must have it for Abraham round-by-round.

"There were no nip-and-tuck rounds where nothing happened - the rounds he won, he stole, and the round I won, I out-worked him.

"This time I will get the decision and the belt or I’ll get a knockout. But I’ll be leaving Germany with a world title"

Paul Smith

"I believe I did beat him last time, I just didn’t get the decision or the belt. This time I will get the decision and the belt or I’ll get a knockout. But I’ll be leaving Germany with a world title."

Shoot-out

Back in September Smith lost a wide unanimous decision, with scores of 117-111, 119-109, 117-111,in the champions's favour.

The challenger labelled the decision as "robbery" but this time trainer Joe Gallagher also believes it will be a quiet night for the three ringside judges.

"The fight won’t go the distance, it will be a knock-out either way," he said. "Either Paul will knock Abraham out or Abraham will knock Paul out.

"It will be a right shoot-out for six or seven rounds. Abraham will come in like Mr. T out of Rocky, absolutely coming to put things right this time. Paul has to be fired up by that and that’s the way we can win."