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Smith Upsets Ward at Weigh-In

Over in the US tonight, some are saying Paul Smith faces an almost impossible task when, in a catch-weight contest, he takes on Andre Ward.

However, it appears the job-in-hand has gotten even harder for the Liverpool fighter after he appeared to rile Ward by turning up for the weigh-in some 4 pound over the 172 pound agreed weight.

Ward, who weighed in at just under the agreed limit and who looked sensational, called Smith unprofessional and threatened to make him pay in the ring.

Smith’s unprofessionalism will cost him $45,000 of his $225,000 purse with half of the fine going to the state commission and the other half to Ward. But there could be further problems ahead for Smith, if he comes in at the second weigh-in over 181 pound then for every further pound he is over the limit he will lose another $5,000 of his purse.

Ward, talking about Smith, had this to say,

“I’m disappointed with Paul.

“It’s very unprofessional. It makes you think, ‘is this a strategy?’ It doesn’t make me more confident – it makes me more motivated. I did my part to make the weight. He didn’t and I feel a certain way about that.”


Has Smith decided to be heavier to try and get more power to shock Ward?

I guess we’ll find out in the early hours of the morning UK time.


The Journalist

Writer: Kid Glove Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 20 2015

Time: 4:59PM

 

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