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Preview: Zeuge v Smith

17 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 16/06/17 5:25pm

Smith and Zeuge both weighed in for Saturday's bout, live on Sky Sports

Smith and Zeuge both weighed in for Saturday’s bout, live on Sky Sports

A look ahead to Paul Smith’s bid to become a world champion at the third time of asking.

The Liverpool man, who twice lost to Arthur Abraham in his two previous tilts at world honours, will face WBA ‘regular’ super-middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge this Saturday night, live on

Background

The 34-year-old Smith readily admits that age is not on his side and has vowed to seize what he has described as

It has been a long and often arduous road for the two-time British champion who made his professional debut over fifteen years ago and on Saturday he can realise a life-long ambition.

‘Smigga’ will once again look to strike gold on German soil, the setting of his two points defeat to the then WBO champion Abraham.

This time though, he will go up against a younger opponent in Zeuge who will be looking to make the second successive defence of his WBA belt.

Tyron Zeuge is yet to be beaten

Tyron Zeuge is yet to be beaten

Tyron Zeuge is yet to be beaten

The 25-year-old Zeuge (20-0-1-KO11) comes into Saturday’s contest with a near perfect record, a majority draw with Italian Giovanni De Carolis last year the only blotch on his record.

That result meant De Carolis retained his WBA belt and when the two fought again Zeuge secured a dramatic late stoppage to claim the title. The German has since defended the WBA belt against Isaac Ekpo.

Smith will be hopeful that it is third time lucky as he looks to extend Britain’s domination of the super-middleweight division, Zeuge the only obstacle in the way of him achieving a lifelong dream.

What the fighter says

Paul Smith says he is ready to become a world champion by defeating Tyrone Zeuge on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports

What the experts say

The weigh-in

Paul Smith: 11st 13lb 15½ oz

Tyron Zeuge: 11st 13lb 9 oz

Tale of the Tape

Tale of the Tape

Tale of the Tape

Paul Smith vs Tyron Zeuge is live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 9pm on Saturday, then Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev II is live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 2am on Sunday morning.


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