When Paul Smith steps in the ring in Kiel, Germany on Saturday night to take on WBO world super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, he would have been a professional fighter for 11 years 5 months and 21 days. In that time he has been English champion, British champion twice and is the current holder of the title. He added the WBA International super-middleweight belt along the way and has lost just twice in the last 6-years. Those defeats were to James DeGale and George Groves, our No2 and No3 domestic super-middleweights behind Carl Froch, Smith is No4. In a strange twist of fate Smith could infact become a world champion before Groves and DeGale. Smith’s professional record overall reads; 38 Fights, 35 Wins, 3 losses. That’s a lot of fights and a good return. Prior to this he was a top amateur, ABA champion and England representative. ‘The Real Gone Kid’ has paid his dues in the fight game in and out of the ring. He is a credit to the sport of boxing and an ambassador you would have no problem sending in anywhere to represent British boxing. What I am trying to say is Paul Smith deserves his shot at world title glory! There are many who believe he doesn’t, most of them are British fight fans, who should probably be behind him and happy that one of our own has had some good luck shine on them. The knockers who have questioned Smith’s credibility to face two weight world champion Abraham must look at the overall picture, a boxer who has put so much into the game deserves a break. There are plenty of fighters who have secured world title opportunities who have given far less to the game than Smith. When we look at the Scousers recent run of wins, since defeat to George Groves, there is Tommy Tolan, Tony Dodson (British title win) Jamie Ambler and David Sarabia. There was no official final eliminator fight there, but it happens that things have fell just right. Smith has been ranked high in the WBO ratings for a few years now and is just behind James DeGale, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Gilberto Ramirez and Robert Stieglitz. All the aforementioned names are otherwise engaged with other fights or other plans, which leaves Smith the next available option for Abraham.