An already rumoured fight between interim WBA light-middleweight champion Erislandy Lara and Ishe Smith is set to go down on May 2nd after promoter Floyd Mayweather confirmed the news at the MGM Grand.
Mayweather, 37, was addressing the media at the confirmation press conference for his May 3 unification meeting with Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas, revealing that his fighter Smith would face the Cuban.
“What’s that Cuban’s name that fought Angulo,” said Mayweather. “He is fighting my fighter? Oh yeah, Lara. He’s fighting Ishe Smith the day before my fight.”
Lara stopped Saturday headliner Angulo in ten rounds last June in defence of his fringe world title, before going on to successfully retain it once more against Austin Trout in December. ‘The American Dream’ was then linked to a fight with Mayweather along with a whole host of others this year, but may now see beating Mayweather’s protege as a route to the pound for pound king in September.
Former IBF title holder Smith will make his return from losing the red belt to Carlos Molina in his very first defence, with the 35 year-old looking to bounce back by immediately claiming a big scalp.
Confirmation is yet to come from TMT or Golden Boy following Mayweather’s admission, but the fight now looks set to be part of the fight week build-up for Mayweather v Maidana in Nevada.
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