Arthur Abraham’s promoter Kalle Sauerland has exclusively informed WBN that he believes a second fight between the WBO super-middleweight champion and recent foe Paul Smith will happen next year.
Sauerland witnessed 34 year-old Abraham retain his belt via a highly-debated unanimous decision last Saturday night and has been open to the idea of a rematch with Smith since the reading out of the shocking scorecards in Kiel.
Many in the sport saw a much closer battle than the 119-109, 117-111 twice victory for Abraham suggested and Sauerland has no problem in negotiating a deal with Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn once again.
”I have been in talks pretty much since the last bell on Saturday with Eddie,” Sauerland told World Boxing News.
“I think it was a great fight, but I do believe Abraham won.
“Paul also had a victory that night over his critics, in the fact that he showed that he certainly belongs at that level. I think the WBO should award him with a strong ranking and if that leads to a mandatory then great.
“Either way, I would love to see the fight again and Arthur is also up for doing it again.
“I am confident that either via the mandatory position or via a voluntary deal that we will see this fight in 2015,” he added.
Smith, 31, is already being linked to a potential WBC title shot at Anthony Dirrell after proving his class against Abraham, but should he get his return wish with the two-weight champion, would most likely be facing another trip to Germany.