WBO outline procedures regarding Abraham v Smith review

Phil Jay 30/09/2014
The World Boxing Organisation have explained what will happen next regarding their review into the events that took place between Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith in Kiel, Germany.
Abraham, 34, retained his WBO super-middleweight title via a jaw-dropping 119-109, 117-111 (twice) unanimous decision on home soil last Saturday night, despite the fact that challenger Smith pushed him all the way to what looked too be a one or two round swing either way.

Outrage from the boxing community has since forced the WBO to admit that at least one of the judges, Fernando Laguna had ‘screwed up’ in scoring, and will now take the next step in the process of a final ruling on the matter.

“The WBO Championship Committee will decide once it receives a formal petition on the fight between Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith,” spokesperson Diana Melendez told World Boxing News.

“The process involves taking everything into consideration. i.e. analyzing the report presented by the supervisor in attendance, which includes an assessment of officials performance – as well as hearing both sides.”

President Paco Valcarcel seems to be fully on board with getting to the bottom of what transpired between the two fighters as Smith and his promoter Eddie Hearn lobby for an immediate return against the champion.

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