IBF light-middleweight champion Ishe ‘Sugar Shay’ Smith has announced that a cut suffered in training has put an end to plans to make his first title defence against Carlos Molina next month.
The 35 year-old was all-set for a return to his home of Las Vegas for an emotional fight against mandatory Molina, although revealed his disappointment late last night and hopes to be back in action soon.
“I suffered an injury today, a minor set back in my preparation to face-off against Molina,” explained Smith. “I want to make sure I am properly prepared and in the best form possible to fight him. Not only does he deserve to fight me at my best, but also my family, friends and training team deserve to have me fight at 100%.
“It’s very hard to postpone after we have had such a great camp, but the sport of boxing and the fans deserve to watch Molina and I fight at our peak fitness levels and I just can’t provide that with the untimely injury.
“With that said, I will be postponing our July 19th fight in order to heal from a cut on my eye. Stay tuned to my Twitter account and I will post a picture of the injury in a few days.
“Thank you for all your support, today and always, God Bless You all. So bummed, So hurt, wish I could turn back the hands of time but I can’t. I love you guys, this breaks my heart, but their was nothing else I could do.”