Anthony Mundine has exclusively informed WBN that rumours of a quick return against Ishe Smith on May 2 in Las Vegas are untrue following continued speculation on social media that the fight was a done deal.
The 38 year-old was only defeated by tough Ghanaian Joshua Clottey on April 9 in Australia, but within a week, talk had shifted to a potential battle with former IBF title holder Smith on the eve of Floyd Mayweather’s huge bout with Marcos Maidana.
Mundine was quick to dispel any reports that an agreement was in place for a scheduled contest at the Hard Rock Hotel, although ‘The Man’ did state that he is ready and willing to accept any advances from Smith’s promoters at TMT.
“There is no fight with Ishe Smith that I know of at the moment, but I am physically sweet after the Clottey fight and would fight Smith if I got the offer,” Mundine told World Boxing News.
“I know I fought wrong fight against Clottey and I also know I am way better then that. I need to get back in the winners circle and prove I’m still a force, preferably at middleweight as light-middle is getting very tough to make. Saying that, I will fight at 154 for the right fight.
“I want to say sorry to my fans for letting them down and I will repay them whether it’s against Smith or somebody else.”
‘Sugar Shay’ Smith, 35, is bidding to get back to winning ways after losing his world title to Carlos Molina last September and had been lined up to fight Erislandy Lara until a late switch by Golden Boy to pit the WBA interim title holder against Saul Alvarez on July 12.
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