Smith was due to fight Braehmer on February 24 in Nuremberg but has withdrawn, reportedly due to a virus. Braehmer, a former light-heavyweight world champion, had booked this date with Smith after beating Rob Brant in their quarter-final. Smith had overcome a stubborn Eric Skoglund to advance.
A reserve will come in, in fact in the unlikely form of Nieky Holzken. The Dutchman has 13-0 (10) record as a pro boxer and was due to fight Dmitrii Chudinov on the undercard in Nuremburg. He is also a successful kickboxer and has been plying his trade in the high profile Glory tournament, where he has been winless in his last three since beating Murthel Groenhart in 2016. Holkzen, 34 years old, has had over 100 kickboxing bouts in his career.