Abraham retains super middleweight title on points over Smith

Germany's Abraham (left) got punchy with Great Britain's Paul Smith.

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Arthur Abraham retained his WBO super middleweight belt by defeating Paul Smith of England by unanimous decision for the second time on Saturday.

The judges scored their rematch 116-112, 117-111, 117-111 in favor of Abraham, who again dominated in the face of a spirited challenge from Smith. Smith was angered to lose their first bout in September in Kiel, Germany, but there could no doubt about the winner here.

The Armenian-born German seemed comfortable taking Smith’s punches and was more effective with his own, delivering punishing barrages that the Liverpudlian did well to weather.

"It was a tough fight. He fought to the end, and he took a lot of hard punches. Respect to him," Abraham said.

Abraham was able to pound his way through with right-left combinations. Smith repelled with counterpunches, but Abraham’s superior strength was apparent, despite a lull in the sixth round.

"I told my coach that I needed a break in the sixth," Abraham joked. "The next opponent will be Robert Stieglitz or Felix Sturm. Let’s see what management comes up with."

The 35-year-old improved to 42-4 (28 KOs) after making the third defense of the minor belt he won back from Stieglitz by split decision in March 2014. Smith dropped to 35-5 (20 KOs).