Hearn says Abraham v Smith Jnr II is close

Phil Jay 05/12/2014

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn is on the verge of securing another world title challenge for super-middleweight contender Paul Smith Jnr against current WBO champion Arthur Abraham.

Smith Jnr pushed Abraham all the way when the pair first met in Kiel last September, and after some debatable judging on the night, the Liverpudlian is set for a second attempt at ripping away the Germans belt.

Hearn, who has a close working relationship with Abraham’s promoters Kalle and Nisse Sauerland, has been beavering away to get Smith his deserved rematch and could be set to make a formal announcement soon.

“I can reveal here that I am close to securing a world title rematch for Paul Smith against Arthur Abraham. Hopefully it will all be finalised in the next few days,” Hearn told The Daily Mail.

“Smith lost a hugely contentious points decision in the first fight in September and now he will likely have his second chance in Berlin on February 21,” he added.

Abraham had initially been tentative to agree to a return with Smith, but following the draw between Felix Sturm and Robert Stieglitz in November, ‘King Arthur’ became more receptive to the idea of sharing the ring with Smith once again.

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