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Abraham v Smith - WBO super-middleweight title

  • WBO Super-middleweight title
    8 Rnds middleweight
    4 Rnds heavyweight

    9/26/2014 3:39:22 PM
  • IT'S HERE!
    Our coverage of Paul Smith's world title bid against Arthur Abraham is finally here. The WBO super-middleweight title is the prize but the reigning champion is on home soil out in Kiel, Germany, right in the north, close to Denmark. An estimated 8,000 fans are expected in the Schleswig-Holstein, with plenty of Liverpuddlians over to support their hero...

    9/26/2014 3:54:46 PM
  • [added-minutes]TIMING
    Paul Smith is of course top of the bill but does not walk into the ring until 10.00pm our time... but there is all sorts of stuff to get through before the big one...
    9/26/2014 4:06:58 PM
  • We will give you what happened to Matt Macklin, who was getting back in the ring for the first time in ages, back under Joe Gallagher's guidance. The trainer was due to have an even busier tonight but sadly Stephen Smith had to withdraw due to a kidney concern
    9/26/2014 4:08:33 PM

  • 9/26/2014 4:14:52 PM
  • [tv]WATCH IT NOW!
    Of course you can catch all the action from Kiel on Sky Sports 2 HD, right now, where Ed Robinson is joined by two special guests to no doubt cheer on a fellow Brit and of course, analyse Smith's performance...
    9/26/2014 4:16:52 PM
    [betting]The boomakers have Paul Smith down as a big outsider in Germany tonight. He’s 7/2 with Sky Bet, with Arthur Abraham the 2/7 favourite, while a draw can be backed at 25/1. Bet on Fight Night here.

    9/27/2014 7:33:00 PM
  • Martin Murray and Nathan Cleverly are in the studio

    9/27/2014 7:41:23 PM
  • [boxing]GLOVELY-JUBBLY
    And the first row has been sorted... the glove issue is!With Abraham the champion, Sauerland wanted Smith to wear 10z Everlasts but the challenger wears Grant - and has done ever since he broke his hands against Groves...
    9/27/2014 7:45:09 PM
  • [boxing]SORTED
    Eddie Hearn and the Sauerlands couldn't come to an agreement at first but THREE pairs have been flown out to Kiel and they have accepted one of them. Smith does not have to wear Everlasts.
    9/27/2014 7:45:35 PM
  • [twitter]

    9/27/2014 7:51:15 PM
    9/27/2014 7:56:45 PM
    [betting]According to the bookmakers' odds, a stoppage win for Arthur Abraham is the most likely outcome tonight.
    9/27/2014 7:59:00 PM
  • [boxing]MACK IS BACK
    The first fight of the night saw Matthew Macklin climb back into the ring for the first time in 10 months, taking on Jose Yebes over eight rounds. Long before Paul Smith's world title challenge...
    9/27/2014 7:59:36 PM
    Well, you probably know the result... but Macklin won on points. There was plenty of ring-rust and Yebes has not been stopped but the rounds is the one thing Macklin needed. He boxed well at range and was a comfortable winner but he wants - and needs - to get right back into the middleweight mix.
    9/27/2014 8:02:23 PM
  • 9/27/2014 8:03:54 PM
  • Macklin is back with a win

    9/27/2014 8:04:47 PM
    One of the reasons Macklin was so early in proceedings (first on the card) is so Joe Gallagher can get enough time to prepare Paul Smith properly.. The ringwalk will be at 10.00pm fight fans!
    9/27/2014 8:14:14 PM
    Sky Bet's boxing tipster Jamie Casey is finding it difficult to see past the favourite tonight, he's reckons your money should be on a stoppage win for the favourite. 
    Smith has been stopped twice in his career, against James DeGale and George Groves respectively, while Abraham has gone the distance with the likes of Carl Froch and Andre Ward, the division’s elite. That suggests Smith is going to have to come up with something truly special to claim a stoppage win (7-1), while a win on the cards in the champion’s own back yard is even less likely at 15-2. It’s a short price, but Smith could find himself a little out of his depth tonight, so take Abraham to win inside the scheduled 12 rounds at 8-15.
    9/27/2014 8:15:00 PM
    I felt really rusty at times other times I felt right and sharper, but I would switched off. 

    9/27/2014 8:22:57 PM
    Macklin admits he will take Martin Murray on. Both are WBC ranked and he has an eliminator first and Murray is not the mandatory but still ranked right up there. So when does it happen? It seems Macklin would have one more first!
    9/27/2014 8:26:13 PM
  • MURRAY'S VERDICT [quotes]
    Murray and Macklin is a fairly long-running rivalry, but the former actually came to the defence of his fellow Brit after the points win...
    I think it was definitely tougher than he expected. But, in his defence, those type of fights are hard to get up for. I think Macklin knew he only had to turn up and he would win. It wasn't the best of fights for him, but he's been out of the ring a long time and he needed those rounds. It was better doing that than finishing it in one round. 
    He did, though, also say that a fight against Macklin is still something he wants in the future...
    There’s a rivalry there, but I’m always a straight-up person. I can relate to him and not being able to get up for that performance. It’s a fight that I want, that I’ve always wanted. It’s a fight that he’s knocked back a few times, but now he wants it. 

    9/27/2014 8:29:57 PM
    [betting]Well the bookmakers and tipsters may not be giving Smith much of a chance tonight, but that’s not the feeling among the punters. Smith has attracted over 15 times the number of stakes as Abraham has, as Sky Bet’s punters eye up the value in his price of 7/2. And in the individual round betting, Smith to win in Round 9 is the most popular at 66/1, with very little money coming in on the home favourite at all. Patriot punts? Perhaps, but good luck to Smith from Sky Bet!

    9/27/2014 8:30:00 PM
  • TWITTER PREDICTS... [twitter]

    9/27/2014 8:33:40 PM
  • [added-minutes]COUNTING DOWN...
    We have 20 minutes to go before Paul Smith makes his ringwalk and the world title fight begins...
    9/27/2014 8:42:08 PM
  • And we have a familiar face out in Kiel, George Groves

    9/27/2014 8:44:28 PM
  • Matthew Macklin gives us his view of a return to the ring

    9/27/2014 8:47:12 PM
  • [boxing] RIVALS RETURN
    So Macklin and Murray could well follow the lead of Cleverly and Bellew... and there is little to choose between the pair of them. As the rankings always remind us...

    9/27/2014 8:49:46 PM
    We will now start counting down to the big one... just 10 minutes to go and to start we spoke to the promoters out there. Kalle Sauerland and of course, Eddie Hearn.,,

    9/27/2014 8:52:27 PM
  • Kalle Sauerland is predicting King Arthur to retain his world title... with a KO!

    9/27/2014 8:53:09 PM
    He is the WBO super-middleweight champion. This is his second stint in charge of that strao but has not stopped anyone for a while - and four fights.

    Nickname:King Arthur
    Age: 34
    Lives: Berlin
    Record: 40-4
    KOs: 28
    9/27/2014 8:59:36 PM
  • [boxing]THE CHALLENGER
    The Merseyside derby ended all square.. will Liverpool have something to celebrate tonight?

    Nickname: Smigga
    Age: 31
    Lives: Liverpool
    Record: 35-3
    KOs: 20
    9/27/2014 9:00:50 PM
  • The champion is certainly confident...

    9/27/2014 9:02:26 PM

    9/27/2014 9:07:04 PM
    A lot depends on how Arthur Abraham comes out; if he comes out fast we will adapt to that. We've got a few plans and listen, if things aren't working, we can change them. We need to win - and win by all means necessary.

    9/27/2014 9:07:30 PM
  • [flag-germany]GERMAN EFFICIENCY
    We are now running late fight fans! It's not what we expect from Kiel, in the northern part of the country. The locals expect to see King Arthur keep hold of that WBO crown? Are things going to go according to plan? All of a sudden, who knows?
    9/27/2014 9:12:59 PM
  • 9/27/2014 9:14:51 PM
  • [boxing]FAMILY AFFAIR
    The Smiths are all there, so are the Gallagher's Gym, including Scott Quigg and Ant Crolla who are working the corner with Joe. Has a world title fight ever had so many champions involved? It's hard to imagine...
    9/27/2014 9:19:49 PM
  • FROCH WATCHING ON...[twitter]

    9/27/2014 9:20:59 PM
  • IT'S HERE!
    The lights are down in the Schleswig-Holstein and the MC has welcome Paul Smith into the ring...
    9/27/2014 9:21:18 PM
    Smith looks relaxed but well and truly tuned in. There are plenty of Liverpool folk in to cheer their hero to success. He looks good and the crowd sound even better.
    9/27/2014 9:22:44 PM
  • Smith is first in, looking fired up and focussed

    9/27/2014 9:24:21 PM
    Cut away from the ring and there is a stage, with band playing. Sunrise Ave - a Finnish rock band - accompany Arthur Abraham to the ring. Not quite a Klitschko walk, but musical nonetheless. Will he be dancing all night?
    9/27/2014 9:26:32 PM
  • Arthur Abraham is second in... with a band behind him

    9/27/2014 9:28:04 PM
  • [flag-england]NATIONAL ANTHEMS
    God Save the Queen comes first with an orchestal sound and plenty of scousers singing along. This is bubbling up nicely already...
    9/27/2014 9:30:04 PM
  • [flag-germany] NATIONAL ANTHEM ZWEI
    Das Deutschlandlied is played by violins and what looks to be a cello on the stage. Very, very dignified. Will Abraham box in that style, or does he come out banging from the first note? We are about to find out...
    9/27/2014 9:32:29 PM
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