Liverpool’s Paul Smith (38-6, 22 KOs) has been handed his third world title crack and will challenge Tyron Zeuge (20-0-1m 11 KOs) for the WBA’s World Super middleweight title on June 17 in Wetzlar, Germany according to Sauerland Promotions.
The Sauerlands used their Twitter account to reveal the news earlier today:
— Kalle+NisseSauerland (@SauerlandBros) May 15, 2017
“Smigga” fought Arthur Abraham for the WBO title on two occasions (decision defeats in 2014 and 2015 respectively) and also vied against Andre Ward, a ninth-round TKO loss. In that one, the 34-year-old missed the contracted 172lb catchweight limit by just over four pounds. The former two-time British Champion will be hoping it is a case of third time’s the charm come June after coming back with a trio of wins over modest opposition.
Zeuge picked up the title at the second time of asking by decisioning Giovanni De Carolis in November after waging a majority draw against him first time around. The 25-year-old defended the belt against Isaac Ekpo ( W TD 5 due to an accidental clash of heads) and is now set to make the second defence of the belt.