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Erislandy Lara To Face Ishe Smith

Glax0r's Photo Glax0r 19 Nov 2014

Erislandy Lara to face Ishe Smith

By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Junior middleweight world titleholder Erislandy Lara will make his first defense against former titlist Ishe Smith on Dec. 12 at the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Mayweather Promotions announced Monday. The bout will air as the main event of a tripleheader on Showtime (10:15 p.m. ET/PT). Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs), 31, a former amateur world champion and Cuban defector living in Houston, lost a split decision in his last fight to Canelo Alvarez in July in Las Vegas, but he still holds a 154-pound world title because the fight was contracted at 155 pounds, one more than the division limit, and therefore Lara's belt was not at stake.

Smith (26-6, 12 KOs), 36, of Las Vegas, lost his title in his first defense by decision to Carlos Molina in September 2013 and, in his return, stopped journeyman Ryan Davis in the second round May 2. Smith originally was supposed to challenge Lara for his title on that date, but he dropped out of the fight in order to accept the much bigger and more lucrative fight with Alvarez. Davis replaced him.

"This is a fight I wanted, and I'm happy that it's finally going to happen," Lara said. "We've had words in the past but...

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Vatoloco's Photo Vatoloco 19 Nov 2014

This is a good fight to skip.

Ali's Photo Ali 19 Nov 2014

View PostVatoloco, on 19 November 2014 - 12:19 PM, said:

This is a good fight to skip.