LIVERPOOL’S Paul Smith produced a disciplined display – the best of his career – that convinced many he deserved to beat WBO super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in Germany. The British champion’s hopes were dashed, though, by some cruel judging that handed Abraham the victory and left Smith “disgusted”.
Cries of robbery were heard when the lopsided scores of 119-109, and two of 117-111, were announced. Although Abraham, like Smith, did enough to claim he deserved victory, the official’s margins were shocking after an exceptionally close fight.
“It has shattered my world,” Smith told Sky Sports afterwards.