News | Apr 10 2015

EXCLUSIVE Andre Ward eyes Paul Smith next

Matchroom's Eddie Hearn reveals Andre Ward and Paul Smith are in talks to fight, writes John Dennen
Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward undercard
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LIVERPOOL’S Paul Smith could be in line to fight Andre Ward on June 20.

It’s a surprise opportunity for Smith who has completed back-to-back world title fights, both gallant points defeats to WBO titlist Arthur Abraham. Ward, who didn’t fight throughout 2014, is the WBA Super super-middleweight champion.

“They’ve enquired about Paul Smith to fight Andre Ward, talks are on going and I think he’s got a chance,” promoter Eddie Hearn revealed. “He had two good performances against Abraham in front of a big audience and Ward, regardless of what he’s said, he wants a comeback fight. He’s been out for nearly two years. If that’s his option – great for Paul Smith.”