Sauerland and Hearn clarify Abraham v Smith still being worked on, not done yet

Phil Jay 10/07/2014

The eagerly-anticipated super-middleweight world title clash between Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith Jnr still has some way to go despite a Wednesday release stating the fight was set for September.

WBN reported that Abraham’s next WBO championship fight was confirmed for September 27 due to a media statement from Matchroom’s annual barbeque, although Sauerland and Eddie Hearn have now moved to clarify that the fight is still in the works.

“We are in discussions regarding the next Abraham defence on September 27,” Sauerland exclusively told World Boxing News.

“As ever, we are working on each date at a time as we have fights ongoing for August 16 when Yoan Pablo Hernandez defends his IBF title, August 30 when Marco Huck puts his WBO belt on the line and September 6 when Kubrat Pulev challenges Wladimir Klitschko.

“We have also now sorted out George Groves first fight for Sauerland on the 20th of September so next in line is to deal with the September 27 date.

“In regards to Paul Smith, we think a fight between him and Abraham would be great for the fans, but at the same time we still have to agree terms with Matchroom. This is something we are working on with his promoter Eddie Hearn.

“We have always shared a good working relationship with Eddie, however, contrary to the release yesterday it is simply not done yet, but we are in discussions.

Hearn also added his take by saying he hopes for more news in the coming days on what will be a first world title shot for Liverpool-born Smith: “We are working hard with Kalle to try and make it happen,” he outlined.

“I’m hopeful of some positive news next week as Paul is already in camp and ready for this opportunity.

“I know Paul would take big support out there due to his popularity and hopefully we can get this fight done and add some other relevant fighters on the card to make it a big Brit party in September.”

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