Smith makes weight for rematch

The Merseysider was greeted by a large travelling support and appeared confident at the weigh-in, raising his fist after tipping the scales at 11st 12lbs.

There were jeers for Abraham, the WBO super-middleweight champion, when he made his way to the scales and also weighed inside the limit at 11st 13lbs.

Former world champion Ricky Hatton was an interested onlooker, while fellow super-middleweight George Groves also watched on from the crowd.

Both men have retained a respectful approach throughout the build-up and there were no signs of any animosity as they shook hands after the customary face-off.

Smith immediately left to rehydrate and promoter Eddie Hearn admits the former British champion has adopted a single-minded approach in the days leading up to the fight.

???He is very focused. I asked him to do an interview afterwards, but he just said he’d got to get back to be 100 per cent right,” said Hearn.

???This is his last chance. The first one was a golden opportunity for him and we’ve managed to manufacture a rematch for him – and he deserved it.???

???But I’ve seen a different Paul Smith this week. It’s been different around the camp. He is ready.???

Abraham is putting his title on the line again after he was controversially awarded a wide points win in their first meeting in September.

Heavyweight David Price is also appearing on the undercard, taking on Brazilian??Irineu Costa and weighed in at just over 18st.

Josh Warrington, another British fighter on the bill, made the featherweight mark at 9st 1lbs for his fight with??Edwin??Tellez.