WBO super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, 40-4 (28), and challenger Paul Smith, 35-3 (20) treated fans to a public workout today at the CITTI-PARK shopping centre ahead of their world title fight on Saturday night at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany.
The challenger was up first, joined by coach Joe Gallagher. ‘’This is the fight I have been dreaming of,’’ said Smith. ‘’Now I’m here in Germany, I’m not going to let this opportunity pass me by. This is my time! I will be bringing the belt back to England with me.’’
Abraham received a hero’s welcome when he entered the ring alongside legendary coach Ulli Wegner. ‘’I have not underestimated Smith,’’ said ‘King Arthur’. ‘‘If anything, I have overestimated him. I always expect to face the best when I step into the ring and prepare accordingly. I’m in top shape and ready to defend my title on Saturday night.’’
Polish cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak and former world title challenger Matthew Macklin could also be seen at today’s public workout. Both men are in action on Saturday night on a bumper bill featuring a host of Europe’s hottest boxing talents.