Smith sights turned on Abraham
Paul Smith is out to impress WBO super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham when he takes on David Sarabia in Cardiff on Saturday night.
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The reigning British champion is ranked number three with the WBO and is aiming to tune-up for a shot at the champion when he faces the 25-year-old Spaniard (7-3-2 2KOs) in the Welsh capital, live on Sky Sports.
Liverpudlian Smith, 31, knows Abraham will now have his eyes on Cardiff as they appear destined to meet later in the year.
"It is no secret that I want to fight Abraham, it is no secret that talks have been held and it is no secret that the fight will probably happen in the autumn," said Smith, whose record stands at 34-3 19KOs.
"It would have been a nice scenario to win the British outright and then go for a world title but there is nobody to fight for that so I'll box an eight-rounder in Cardiff to keep active.
"If I get the Abraham fight made for when I think it will be made, Saturday will be my last fight before I fight him, because I am not going to take any chances with injuries. You have seen how many people have busted their hands up recently in fights and had cuts.
"I am not going to risk anything if I get this world title fight made with Abraham, which is looking very, very likely.
"Abraham is a star in Germany and boxing in Germany is big, really big. He pulls in five, six million viewers on German TV for his fights and that is big money for him. For him to come to Liverpool he has to think the fight is worth it and a fight against me is just a regular voluntary for him.
"I have no problem going to Germany and getting paid decent money while still being showcased on Sky Sports and still having every chance of beating Abraham. It will be in Berlin, his hometown, where he wants to build up a fan-base.
"I am happy to fight him absolutely anywhere because it is a world title challenge and it is a winnable fight for me. It is a fight I know I can win and anybody looking knows I have a chance.
"I have said time again I would fight Andre Ward, but it would be a very, very hard night against him and I am not calling him out for that reason.
"With all due respect, Abraham isn't on the level of Ward. He was maybe eight years ago at middleweight but it is a different kettle of fish with him now.
"He is battle hardened and battle-worn so to speak, but he is very beatable. His style is made for me and I think mine maybe is for him too. I think it is going to gel to be a great fight."
Smith joins his younger brother Callum on the stacked bill in Wales, as the unbeaten Liverpool star defends his WBC international super-middleweight title against Swansea's Tobias Webb.
Nathan Cleverly makes his debut at cruiserweight against Shaun Corbin with the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title up for grabs and it's a huge night for featherweight star Lee Selby who tackles Mexican Romulo Koasicha in a WBC title eliminator.