Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas-- Over twelve rounds in Showtime's main event Friday night, Cuban star Erislandy Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) established very well the fact that he belongs among the elite of the 154 lb. division and that challenger, Ishe Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) is clearly among the division's second tier. Surprisingly, both defense-minded counter-punchers came … [Read more...]
Erislandy Lara vs. Ishe Smith Tops Friday’s Showtime Card
This Friday at the llusions Theater in San Antonio, Texas, Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) and Ishe Smith (26-6, 12 KO’s) face off for Lara’s “regular” WBA world light middleweight championship. Lara comes in off a close split decision loss to Saul Alvarez in a non-title bout earlier this year. It was a close call that many felt should have been scored the other way but … [Read more...]
Erislandy Lara Vs. Ishe Smith Fight 12/12, but Why?
Despite a recent loss to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Cuba's Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) is still one of the world's best junior middleweights and still, for what it's worth, holds the WBA's "regular" 154 lb. world title. Ishe Smith (26-6, 12 KO), as a former IBF belt holder and a recognizable name in the division, is also a somewhat prominent figure in the junior middleweight … [Read more...]
The Fall of The Money Team?
by Tim Harrison “Hard work! Dedication!” The popular mantra echoes through the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, while Showtime’s – and previously HBO’s – cameras record Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s training camps. It fills Mayweather’s social media feeds, and has become a major part of his worldwide brand. The members of his “Money Team” echo the sentiment. The … [Read more...]
Under the Radar: The “Late” Edition – May 2nd – 7th, 2014
Better late than never… 5/2 - Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (24-1, 18 KO’s) vs. Rico Ramos (23-4, 12 KO’s) - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada This is the second defense of the interim WBA World featherweight title for Cuellar, who is riding a six fight winning streak since his loss to Oscar Escandon in 2011. Ramos held the WBA World super bantamweight title, but … [Read more...]