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Abraham v Smith - WBO super-middleweight title

  • [boxing]IT'S HERE
    We are off! Stay here and follow it round-by-round commentary... Smith is the challenger with a big, big ask on his hands. Can he do it? We will see...
    9/27/2014 9:35:14 PM
  • [round-1]ROUND ONE
    Smith started well with the jab but Abraham keeps those hands up and pings his own back it. It is a cautious start from both of them but Smith does land a right to the body twice suggesting the body might be a tactic. But Abraham always comes on strong at the end of the round and again he plods in, dodges shots and slams an overhead right in. But Smith counters back with his own right and finishes well. It looks like a good start from the challenger...
    9/27/2014 9:38:04 PM
  • [round-2]ROUND TWO
    Smith starts well again but Abraham comes in with a left and right downstairs and the Kiel crowd boom out for the first time. But Smith hits back with the bodyshot and looks to have a spring in his step. Single jabs from Abraham are not really troubling him and when he does go big, he has missed twice. Abraham puts a left-right in to each temple, then goes with a left to the ribs and Smith steps well out of range. Nice work and he comes back again with the jab, the skip and that right - this one is straight and catches him on the end of the nose. Good round!
    9/27/2014 9:42:33 PM
  • WATT'S WORDS [jim-watt]
    That was an excellent round for Smith. The right hand is working well and the range is the perfect range for him. I’ve actually been surprised by how quick and accurate the Abraham jab has been, but he didn’t use it as much in the second round

    9/27/2014 9:42:53 PM
  • [round-3]ROUND THREE
    Abraham seems to have upped a gear. He still comes in straight lines but he is landing much more this time and even throws a faint in there on the way. A good left then a big right up top are the first time the champion stamps his authority. He is not one to follow up but although Smith stabs back with a right, King Arthur puts another nice combo together. Smith has to keep his guard up but a three-punch salvo must have done some damage to those arms and shunt him around. The best we've seen from the champion so far.
    9/27/2014 9:46:16 PM
  • [round-4]ROUND FOUR
    Smith makes a good start, again the jab, then the right, show he is here for the long haul. But all of a sudden a few Abraham shots get beneath that guard and evend drops those hands and starts showboating - and he can! He looks full of power, even at the age of 34 and he looks as good as we've seen him for a while. But give Smith credit, he stands firm and jabs in response. Abraham though can pick and choose and again ends in style. The left comes into the ribs the straight right squeezes through and clearly is where the power comes from.
    9/27/2014 9:49:51 PM
  • WATT'S WORDS [jim-watt]
    Jim impressed now with Abraham, as he seems to be warming to the task...
    There was some eye-catching stuff there from the champion. He’s so experienced at this level. I think Smith is finding Abraham smarter than he expected. A lot of Smith’s jabs are being blocked on the arms. 

    9/27/2014 9:50:51 PM
  • YOUR VIEWS [twitter]

    9/27/2014 9:53:18 PM
  • [round-5]ROUND FIVE
    Smith starts on the back foot, dodging those rights and then he gets Abraham on the ropes and lands a left that big right then another left - to the body. Decent combo from Smith. Abraham though overshadows that and comes booming back. That heavy right catches Smith on the move and he is wobbled for the first time and all of a sudden looks like this is a tough, tough task. For the first time they're locked together and maybe it is the first time Smith needs to take a breather. He looks like he's in a ruck, whereas King Arthut looks calm and very, very cool. And barely flustered.
    9/27/2014 9:54:05 PM
  • [round-6]ROUND SIX
    Smith makes a great start. He gets Abraham in reverse and is keeping steady, letting the jabs go and constantly on the move. Abraham does land one of those right-left bodyshot combos but the challenger moves away. Abraham piles in but Smith stands even firmer and he lands that right is a cracking shot. There are hooks coming up and down and he is caught several times. But yes Abraham is finally looking like the champ but Smith looks up for it still. Both land big rights and it's a cracking round. Abraham in charge though
    9/27/2014 9:58:28 PM
  • JIM'S THOUGHTS [jim-watt]
    If it comes down to who wants this more, I don’t think anyone wants it more than Paul Smith. But he needs to inflict some damage. That’s the trouble, those big thumping shots that Abraham comes back with. I only have Smith a couple of rounds behind, so he's well in this.

    9/27/2014 9:59:05 PM

    9/27/2014 10:00:15 PM
  • [round-7]ROUND SEVEN
    A fairly quiet start to this one. Abraham looks like he's taking a break but Smith keeps shuffling into range, letting go and then shifting out again. He lands another nice right and the bodyshot from the left makes a real mark. Abraham comes back but again Smith scores with another cracking combo; Abraham is hunched up so the hooks hammer home, then when he emerges on the offence, the headshot lands again. Cracking round! Abraham draws him in but he ends the round missing big shots. But that was the best round of the night for the boy from Liverpool. Is Abraham on the way down. Well Smith looks really, really good.
    9/27/2014 10:02:20 PM
  • [round-8]ROUND EIGHT
    Smith sends a slick straight right threw his guard for a starting shot with Abraham easing his way into the eighth. Both seem to have energy to burn after a quiet half but Smith misses another big right, although he then swerves a nasty left coming in. Yes that draw Abraham out of his slumber but still, Smiths pump that jab in, puts the combo together and then gets out. There are exchanges again but Abraham has hardly shone. Smith finishes with another bodyshot - that hits home clearly. Another good round for Paul.
    9/27/2014 10:06:35 PM
  • ENCOURAGING SIGNS...[jim-watt]
    Another huge effort from Paul Smith. There’s no question that Abraham’s work is impressive, but he took far too long to get started in that round. I think he’s feeling the pace, I really do

    9/27/2014 10:06:57 PM
  • [round-9]ROUND NINE
    Right here and now, this could go either way! This is clearly the best we've seen from Smith and just to hammer than point home, a naughty little uppercut catches Abraham nicely. Abraham looks like his old self and trundles in, throwing the bombs but bang! A right from Smith clearly wobbles the champion. He does not dive in to finish off because Abraham wants to hit back but a sensible move from Smith keeps him at range. It is another round that has not only seen Smith box well, but suggests King Arthur is suddenly feeling his age. Scoring will be crucial!
    9/27/2014 10:10:34 PM
  • [round-10]ROUND TEN
    So we go into the championship rounds - and it is the challenger who starts off on the offensive. A left-right downstairs does well for starters but eventually Abraham responds. He gets Smith in the corner - hardly viciously - and hammers away with a three-punch combo but again the guard is tight and the guard his high and Smith deflects them away. He comes back with those hooks of his own and this is a genuine close round. Bang-bang, your turn! Yet once against Smith finishes really well, with that straight right becoming a nice sign-off. We could be in for a real shock here...
    9/27/2014 10:14:27 PM
  • SMIGGA STRONG! [gallery]

    9/27/2014 10:14:40 PM
  • [round-11]ROUND ELEVEN
    A low blow from the champion goes unnoticed but four shots to the ribs don't. Not big but might score the points - and he might need them. Referee Byrd steps in for the first time with Abraham grabbing hold, clearly for a rest. Smith sees this and his umpteenth wind sees him pop in the jab and the straight right again. He leans in from range and still lands and still moves away before Abraham has come back. The Smith left hits up, then down, and shows that he really is in charge now. There are whistles from the crowd, perhaps at King Arthur because he is gone quiet - for a man who usually relishes in these late stages.
    9/27/2014 10:18:18 PM
  • NO HOME COMFORTS [jim-watt]
    Abraham is really feeling the pace. He’s looking to take
    little breathers.
    His is a worried corner. He's been picking his shots - I have Smith only having to get through this round without a knockdown and he's the champion

    9/27/2014 10:18:55 PM
  • [round-12]ROUND TWELVE
    The last round, this is it... Abraham comes out swinging and lands two bodyshots and all of a sudden the momentum has shifted. The right gets through from the champ surging forward but just when you think Smith is in trouble, he jabs and jumps out of the way. He gets caught on the ropes but three big shots go wildlyl wide of the mark and Smith survives. He is does come back and they trade but for once, an Abraham final round does not bring success. The bell goes, Smith's hands go up. The Kiel crowd jeer...
    9/27/2014 10:22:07 PM
  • TWITTER VERDICTS...[twitter]

    9/27/2014 10:23:36 PM
  • [judges]WHO WINS?
    It's going to the judges and will the shock come? Will Smith get the decision out in Germany, against an established world champion, in his own backyard. People believe he did enough and whatever happens Paul Smith produced the performance of his life. It is genuinely a 50-50 call...
    9/27/2014 10:24:08 PM
  • [judges]IT'S ABRAHAM'S!
    The decision has gone the champions way in a UNANIMOUS DECISION! And wait for the scores... 117-111, 117-111, 119-109.
    9/27/2014 10:25:58 PM
    Is that a look of relief on Abraham's face, or a smile of satisfaction? Either way, he's kept hold of his title...

    9/27/2014 10:28:13 PM
    A tough, tough, tough decision. Those scorecards do little favours for anyone other than Abraham. Not Smith and not even boxing. To suggest that Abraham won by six rounds was one thing, but to give him 11 rounds of the 12? Well... what can you say? It doesn't really surprise any of us. Home advantage lives on...
    9/27/2014 10:29:01 PM
    He might not be the WBO super-middleweight world champion but Paul Smith put in a performance of his life. He boxed better than we've seen that's for sure. Will he get a rematch? Well he should, but probably won't...
    9/27/2014 10:34:05 PM
    What can I do, I can't see many people in this venue, apart from the judges? It's disgusting.

    9/27/2014 10:36:47 PM
    It is the thing I hat the most in boxing [judges scoring], I hate it. Judges? Most of them have never boxed and are robbing people of life-changing chances...

    9/27/2014 10:38:05 PM
    Joe Gallagher cannot believe the scoring and had Smith level after 10. He was devastated but the one thing he was quick to point out was the level of his fighter's performance. 
    9/27/2014 10:39:34 PM
    When you come over here and box abroad sometimes you get the rough end of the stick. I had it very, very close, but what the scoring has done is give Paul Smith no credit at all. Had they given it him by one or two rounds you might have been able to take it on the chin, but nine rounds is disgusting.

    9/27/2014 10:41:29 PM
    I just feel robbed... I just want a fair crack of the whip. 

    9/27/2014 10:43:04 PM
  • Martin Murray and Nathan Cleverly give their take on it... and you can guess where they were backing!

    9/27/2014 10:43:34 PM
  • [ouch]IT HURTS
    Smith was the huge underdog going into this but sooner rather than later, he stepped up and showed the cynics he was more than good enough to give this a real, real go. Abraham was never brilliant but a good bully but Smith boxed, boxed and boxed him. We know the judging in Germany is at times dubious - and don't forget it happens here as well - but Smith, Gallagher, Hearn and the hundreds of scousers out on Kiel, never mind the thousands watching from home, will be devastate
    9/27/2014 10:48:29 PM
  • Kalle Sauerland has some sympathy for Smith

    9/27/2014 10:56:26 PM
  • Paul Smith is devastated but even he manages a smile after such a performance...

    9/27/2014 11:02:03 PM
  • [boxing]DONE AND DUSTED
    Paul Smith came close to becoming a world champion and surprised us all. The level of his performance was an absolute stunner, although even that was overshadowed by the scoring that saw Arthur Abraham retain his WBO super-middleweight title. It has been an emotional rollercoaster with a happy ending. We will be back fight fans!
    9/27/2014 11:05:25 PM
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