Ishe Smith ‘blessed’ as Floyd Mayweather steps in

Former Contender star and much-avoided fighter Ishe Smith can finally see a light at the end the tunnel as the American has signed a deal with Mayweather Promotions and will begin with a fight on May 4th.

The 33 year-old has endured a frustrating time of late, with cancellations and the collapse of proposed promotional deals and is now hoping that he can resume his career after teaming up with Floyd Mayweather.

“It’s been all a blessing,” Smith told World Boxing News.

“I went to watch Mayweather work out a couple of times and in the process of doing that I asked Leonard [Ellerbe] if they had any shows coming up and if so could he get me on because I’m a free agent.

“I got a call that Floyd wanted me to join his camp and that they were going to put me on their show May 4th at the Hard Rock Casino here in Las Vegas. I spoke to Floyd myself and told him I was having trouble getting fights and that no one wanted to fight me. He told me not to worry about it and he would make sure I was fighting and he appreciates me joining his camp.

“I have known Floyd since I was 10 years old, we came up through the amateurs together. I have the utmost respect for him in and out of the ring. He is a person of high integrity and keeps his word. If Floyd tells you he is going to do something for you, you can take it to the bank that he’s gonna do it.

“There is no doubt I am feared in the sport of boxing, the only debate is for what. I have had about 5-7 fights fall out over the last 17 months. I have to sit back and watch guys like Ishida take an ass whooping on Showtime only to be rewarded a world title shot his very next fight, that’s disgusting.

“I don’t hate on any man getting his money but the game has got to be fair at some point. God has kept me all this time, Floyd is helping me get fights, and the rest is up to me. This is the second and final act of my career, how this story ends is totally up to me.”

An opponent for Smith is set to be announced shortly on a card that will precede the huge Mayweather v Cotto WBA light-middleweight title bout on the Friday night in Las Vegas.