Arthur Abraham v Paul Smith almost finalized for September 27 in Berlin

Phil Jay 04/07/2014

The rumoured WBO super-middleweight title clash between seasoned champion Arthur Abraham and British contender Paul Smith Jnr is close to being completed, according to a media report in the UK.

According to the Liverpool Echo’s Phil Kirkbride, who covers boxing for Smith’s hometown newspaper, the world title bout is set to take place on September 27, possibly in Berlin, as both sides edge towards an agreement on the staging of the encounter.

The fight has been in works for the last few weeks as former British title holder Smith, 31, has slowly worked his way up the World Boxing Organistation’s ranking list, whilst 34 year-old Abraham has been keeping himself busy with two defences already this year.

Abraham has defeated German rival Robert Stieglitz and Sebian Nikola Sjekloca on points to keep a firm grasp on his coveted belt, with Smith overcoming Spaniard David Sarabia in his one and only outing in 2014.

More details are set to emerge in the near future on the bout, although Sauerland and Matchroom are believed to be on the same page regarding the contest as Smith challenges for a world title for the first time in his career.

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