News | Apr 23 2015

Andre Ward will face Paul Smith in Oakland on June 20

Smith confirmed as Andre Ward's comeback opponent in Oakland

PAUL SMITH will face Andre Ward on June 20 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on BET in the United States.

Smith has landed a date with the unbeaten WBA Super Middleweight king following his impressive performances taking Arthur Abraham deep in two challenges for the German’s WBO World title in Germany, and the Liverpool favourite takes on the toughest task of his career with his confidence high.

“I cannot wait to get back in the ring and test myself against a class act like Andre Ward,” said Smith. “I proved that I belong at the top level with my performances against Arthur Abraham and this is a challenge that I am relishing. Andre is a top pound-for-pound fighter and someone I respect a lot, but he has only boxed once in almost three years and I will give it everything I have got. I am fresh and confident going into this fight. It’s a massive opportunity for me and one that I took with both hands when it was offered. I have spent a lot of time boxing in the United States and I look forward to returning for this fight.”