Super middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham will probably be paying close attention to how Paul Smith performs in his stay-busy fight with designated patsy David Sarabia on Saturday at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
If Smith (34-3, 19 KOs), 31, of England, comes through the scheduled eight-round bout with Sarabia (7-3-2, 2 KOs) -- and he should with ease -- then his next fight likely will be a title shot against Germany's Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs), 34, in the fall.
Abraham promoter Kalle Sauerland has opened talks on the fight with Smith promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
"We are in talks with Eddie and will certainly be watching the show in Cardiff," Sauerland said. "[Paul's] style and Arthur's style would make for an explosive fight and a treat for the fans."
Said Hearn, "We've been talking with Kalle for a while now and I hope to get this fight made in the next week or so. Paul is the leading available contender in the WBO and will bring plenty of support to Germany for the fight but more importantly poses a live threat to Arthur."
Abraham regained his 168-pound belt in March in a rubber match with Robert Stieglitz and retained the belt for the first time on May 3 with a unanimous decision against Nikola Sjekloca.