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Smith and Gallagher ready to dethrone ‘King’ Arthur

| 27.09.2014

While Paul Smith (35-3-0) is certainly the underdog in his WBO super-middleweight title clash with Arthur Abraham (40-4-0) there is absolutely no doubt the 31-year-old will be fully prepared for what he will face in Germany thanks to trainer Joe Gallagher.

Smith, who is challenging for his first world title, will have to upset the odds if he wants to wear the WBO strap come Saturday night in Kiel.

But the Liverpool fighter has the backing of his Manchester-based trainer, who has studied the champion for 70 days straight in a bid to put together a game plan for the Liverpool fighter to bring the world title home.

“I’ve looked at the best Arthur Abraham when he prepared for fights with Jermain Taylor and Andre Ward and Carl Froch – that is what we have been training for,” Gallagher said.

“But then you watch him when he’s not been at his best and you start to think ‘you know what, we might be able to do this’.

“It doesn’t seem so much of a mission impossible and Paul is getting off the shots I feel will catch Abraham and nullify him.”

The experienced Abraham, who is contesting his 18th world title bout, is 2/9 with Ladbrokes to retain his belt, while Smith is 7/2 to cause a shock in Germany.

The draw is available at 25/1 and while the powerful Abraham is well fancied for victory, Smith and Gallagher will have done their homework on the Armenian-born champion.

The pair will be buoyed by the fact Abraham has been beaten four times and Froch’s win over the ‘King’ where he out-boxed him over 12 rounds has shown the blueprint.

There is also plenty of talk about the 34-year-old champion slowing down after long pro career at both middleweight and super-middleweight, featuring 44-fights.

Smith, who has lost to both James DeGale and George Groves during his 11-year professional career, is technically a very good fighter and if he can stick to Gallagher’s comprehensive game plan then it may be worth siding with the upset at small stakes.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Oliver Yew