Exclusive: Ishe Smith wants UK fight, will move up for Billy Joe Saunders – reveals Kell Brook offer
Floyd Mayweather promoted Ishe Smith is plotting his next move potentially across the Atlantic following a solid display against world-rated Julian Williams last month.
Despite being on the wrong end of what should have been a decision to Williams over ten rounds, the ex-world 154 pound title holder proved he’s still got what it takes at the highest level and is now aiming to ply his trade on the bustling scene in the United Kingdom.
Britain currently holds an abundance of talent at both super-welterweight and the middleweight divisions, with Smith interested in following his old fellow Contender TV stars Peter Manfredo and Jesse Brinkley across the pond.
“Honestly, I just want to be active. Whether that is here in the States or going abroad,” Smith exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I’ve always had a dream of fighting in the UK before I retired as my Contender stablemates went and fought there. I would love to fight there, in the near future if I can’t secure any fights here.”
On his possible targets, he added: “I would move up for someone like Billy Joe Saunders. I would go to the UK for that fight, but I would only move up for a big fight, other than that I am staying at junior middleweight, it’s where I am most comfortable. But if an opportunity presents itself I would move up in a heartbeat. I have done it before with the (Daniel) Jacobs and (Fernando) Guerrero fights.
“I would go to the UK to fight any of the top junior middleweights, I thought I was going to be in the running for Kell Brook as they came with an offer. I said let’s do it but I guess they went a different route. That was a fight I was really excited about but I’d also be keen to fight Liam Smith.
Smith continued: “The UK is a real priority for me if any real offers were out there. You have Eddie Hearn who is a top-notch promoter, and then you have Frank Warren. So if any offers are out there I’m definitely interested. Tell them both to holla at Floyd and we will make it happen.
“I’d just like to take this opportunity to say it’s truly a blessing to still be here standing and to go out there 17 years in the game and put on a performance like I did in my last fight is mind-boggling, But that is what the whole camp was about, testing myself to see what I had left. I think I showed I still have a lot left in the tank and could do that in the UK too.
“Thanks to all my fans too, I appreciate the support. All I care about is putting on exciting fights for you guys and the reception I received after the fight was all positive, thank you guys so much.
“I have been cleared by the doctors to resume training, so hopefully I am back in the first quarter of the new year. Not bad for an old head, that’s my new saying!
“Thank you guys again and God Bless,” concluded Smith.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay