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From BoxRec (Redirected from Fight:2163047) Jump to:navigation, search. Tyron Zeuge 168 lbs beat Paul Smith 168 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12.
Tyron Zeuge proved too strong for Paul Smith as he defended his WBA 'regular' super-middleweight world title with a unanimous points decision win.
It was the Liverpool fighter's third crack at world honours, having twice lost out to Arthur Abraham previously, but it was not going to be third time lucky for the 34-year-old as Zeuge took the victory via three scores of 119-108 in Germany's Rittal Arena.
The unbeaten German titleholder fought behind a solid left jab to outwork his British opponent, dropping Smith to the canvas in the final seconds of the contest, as he made the second successful defence of his WBA 'regular' title. Chicken scratch bingo austin.
Zeuge, 25, started the contest the quicker of the two, quickly finding his range with an accurate jab, landing some early heavy left hooks on his experienced opponent.
'Smigga' made a more patient start, but quickly upped the gears in the third, breaching the defence of Zeuge with a damaging right hand that wobbled the legs of the champion.
The German though quickly regained control in the following rounds, countering well off of the jab of Smith, firing out his own jab to great effect.
Zeuge began to load up on his combinations in the seventh, before he found a huge eye-catching right uppercut in the following stanza to further extend his command of the title contest.
The champion continued to outwork 'Smigga' as the fight reached the championship rounds with an almost impregnable defence and despite a period of sustained pressure in the final few rounds from Smith, Zeuge, who knocked an unbalanced Smith to the canvas in the final moments of the fight, rightfully had his hand raised at the final bell.
Earlier in the evening, Paul's brother and two-time world title challenger Stephen earned a first round stoppage victory over Hungarian Karoly Gallovich.
Smith vs. Zeuge
Boxing: Saturday, June 17, 2017 (Wetzlar)
The Line: -- Over/Under:Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Tyron Zeuge and Paul Smith fight Saturday in Wetzlar for the WBA World super middleweight title.
Tyron Zeuge enters this fight with a 20-0-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Zeuge has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Isaac Ekpo. Zeuge will defend his belt for the second time this year and looks for his third victory since November. Zeuge continues to work his way up as one of the top super middleweights in the world at just 25 years old and is quickly improving his resume with better competition. Of course, Zeuge is a 5’10” boxer who defends well, has a high boxing IQ and is really accurate with his counter punching. Zeuge isn't exactly known as a knockout artist, but he has stopped six of his last eight opponents. Zeuge has fought his whole career in Germany, his birthplace.
Paul Smith enters this fight with a 38-6 record that includes 22 knockouts. Smith has split his last six fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Daniel Regi. Smith gets another shot at a title, as he's 1-4 in his last title shots overall. Smith has looked sharp in his last three fights since his loss to Andre Ward and has just 11 rounds under his belt since May of last year. Smith is 5’11” with a 72 inch reach and works his jab well. Smith has a very strong right hand and has stopped seven of his last nine opponents. Of course, the concern with Smith is a questionable chin with three of his six losses coming by knockout. This will be Smith’s third fight in Germany.
Smith is a decent boxer who has punching power and has been in the ring with some of the biggest name in the division, so he's not going to be intimated by the bright lights and the magnitude of this opportunity. However, Smith is not on Zeuge’s level and is going to struggle outboxing the German. We’ve seen Smith try to beat Arthur Abraham twice in Germany and it didn't work out, and the same can be said for Ward in the United States. Smith is probably in that third tier when it comes to the super middleweight division, while Zeuge is on the cusp being one of the top fighters in this weight class.
Zeuge should win this fight without major issues and keep his belt.