Paul Smith will travel to Hessen, Germany in an attempt to achieve his dream of winning a World title. It will be the Liverpudlians third attempt at winning such a title. Entering the later stages of his career it could be his last chance opportunity to become a World champion.
Smith’s last fight was ten months ago on the undercard of the Kell Brook Gennady Golovkin mega fight in London. Smith stopped his opponent on that evening, Daniel Regi, in the fifth round of a six round contest. He outclassed and overpowered the Hungarian. Regi was older than Smith, something that Smith will not have in his favour when he fights in his latest World title attempt.
Smith will be travelling to Germany to fight Tyron Zeuge who is unbeaten. He is nine years younger than the challenger something that could make a difference. He has also been more active having already defended his WBA World super middleweight belt in March this year. He won by technical decision in the fifth round. He has won 20 of his 21 fights, drawing one. He has also won 11 of his fights by knockout.
The Englishman will be fighting in Germany for the third time in his career. The first time he did so was it was his first try at the WBO World super middleweight against Arthur Abraham. It was officially a wide decision but the result was contested. The media and pundits on the whole gave it to Abraham but scored the fight a lot closer than the three judges did. The next fight, which was in the German capital Berlin, was against the same man for the same belt. The result was no different. Abraham again won by unanimous decision in a far more entertaining fight than their first bout.
Back to back to defeats did not ruin Smith’s belief. He decided to travel to America and fight one of the best fighters of his generation, Andre Ward. The build up for the fight was negative for the travelling Englishman. Ward questioned his professionalism after Smith missed the catchweight by over four pounds. The Liverpool fighter was beaten the ninth after his corner threw in the towel. Ward was pummelling Smith and the corner made the correct decision. After the fight the defeated Smith admitted that Ward was the superior fighter and admitted he had his nose broken for the first time in his successful career. Ward is an elite fighter and a defeat to him is nothing to be ashamed of.
Since the three straight losses Smith has come back to win three fights on the spin. He has fought on three big undercards and now he will be fighting away from home in what could be his last chance to win a World title. If he can find his best form and put the pressure on the champion he has every chance to do so in Germany. Can he follow in George Groves’ footsteps in a show of determination and dedication in achieving his dream.
Smith has had to deal with set backs in his career. Coming back from three straight defeats in three of the biggest fights of his career shows he has the heart. If he can go to Germany and successfully complete a turn around in his career it will be a huge achievement for himself and another great night for British boxing.