Lara vs Smith: Fight official for May 2 on FOX Sports 1, night before Mayweather-Maidana

By Scott Christ

Erislandy Lara vs Ishe Smith is official, as the two will headline a May 2 triple-header on FOX Sports 1 the night before Mayweather-Maidana in Las Vegas.

The rumored/previously reported May 2 fight between WBA “regular” junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara and former IBF titleholder Ishe Smith is official, with FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes televising the fight the night before Mayweather-Maidana.

The fight will take place at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale tomorrow:

Tickets, priced at $95, $65, $35 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, March 26 at noon PT and will be available for purchase by visiting The Joint box office, calling 800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

On the undercard, Mickey Bey Jr (19-1-1, 10 KO) will face Alan Herrera (32-5, 21 KO), and Jesus Cuellar (23-1, 18 KO) will take on former super bantamweight titlist Rico Ramos (23-3, 12 KO).

ERISLANDY LARA

“Ishe Smith talks a lot on the internet, let’s see if he fights as well as he talks. I’m on a different level and he’ll know that as soon as the first bell rings. He’s fighting the best super welterweight in the world and the pressure is mounting on him so he’s trying to build himself up mentally. Come May 2nd I’m going to do Mayweather a favor and retire him.”

ISHE SMITH

“This is a dream come true, not only fighting for a chance at claiming another world title, but to be doing it in front of my hometown fans and family is a blessing, I’m truly honored. Lara was offered a chance to fight me back in 2012 and he turned it down to fight Freddy Hernandez instead. I will show him he was right in turning the fight down the first time. I’m ready to lay it all on the line to regain one of the super welterweight championships, come May 2nd I will turn his American Dream into an American Nightmare.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, Mayweather Promotions

“May 2nd should not be overlooked by any means, it’s one night with two world championships on the line. We have put together a card with a roster of top tier talent that will be showcased come fight night. I’m sure no one in the building or watching from home will be disappointed.”

RICHARD SCHAEFER, Golden Boy Promotions

“With the entire boxing world focusing on Las Vegas, we’re giving fans another stacked card the night before ‘The Moment.’ Two championship fights and a great matchup between top prospects will get the weekend started right on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.”

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Lucas Matthysse faces John Molina on Thurman-Diaz card on April 26th

By Jeff Sorby Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO’s) will be taking a tune-up/stay busy fight against lightweight slugger John Molina (27-3, 22 KO’s) on the Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz fight card on Showtime at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. The Matthysse-Molina fight should provide entertainment for boxing fans anxious to see straight slugging, even if the fight does prove to be a mismatch. Hopefully, the Molina doesn’t fold in one round like he did against Antonio DeMarco in 2012. Matthysse is a bigger puncher than DeMarco, so it’s quite possible we could see Molina drop for the 10 count early in the fight. In that case, hopefully Golden Boy Promotions and Golden Promotions learn from the experience that they can’t match Matthysse against lightweights and expect the fights to be entertaining. We already saw Matthysse matched up against a lightweight not too long ago when Humberto Soto, an arguably better fighter than Molina, was thrown in the ring with Matthysse in June of 2012, and Matthysse tore him apart in stopping him in the 6th round. The 31-year-old Molina has lost 2 out of his last 5 fights in the last couple of years, and obviously his career has seen better days. He did, however, beaten the unproven and untested Mickey Bey Jr. last year in July in a come […]

Source: East Side Boxing

    

Thurman, Matthysse, Figueroa on April card

By Dan Rafael Three of boxing’s most exciting punchers — Keith Thurman, Lucas Matthysse and Omar Figueroa — will be in action April 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com.

Source: ESPN

    

Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields featured in new Audi A3 commercial

By Scott Christ

2012 U.S. Olympian and gold medalist Claressa Shields is part of a new ad campaign from Audi.

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Lara-Smith card official for May 2

By Togorashi Las Vegas will be the center of the boxing universe Cinco de Mayo weekend and kicking it off a fight card at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino when FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes feature a tripleheader …

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ERISLANDY LARA TO DEFEND TITLE AGAINST FORMER WORLD CHAMPION ISHE SMITH IN THE MAIN EVENT OF MAY 2 FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX DEPORTES

By ES Boxing LAS VEGAS (March 25) – Las Vegas will be the center of the boxing universe Cinco de Mayo weekend and kicking it off will be an action-packed night of fights at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino when FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes feature a tripleheader that includes two World Championship bouts just one night before “THE MOMENT: Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana” takes place at MGM Grand. In the 12-round main event, the WBA Super Welterweight title is on the line when Cuban star Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara defends the belt against Las Vegas’ own former World Champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith. Plus, rising lightweight star Mickey “The Spirit” Bey Jr. will meet hard-hitting Mexican veteran Alan “Explosivo” Herrera in a 10-round matchup and in the televised opener, Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar squares off with former World Champion Rico Ramos in a 12-round bout for Cuellar’s WBA Interim Featherweight World Title. Lara vs. Smith, a 12-round bout for Lara’s WBA Super Welterweight World Title, is presented by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Corona and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Tickets, priced at $95, $65, $35 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes,go on sale tomorrow, […]

Source: East Side Boxing

    

Keith Thurman, Lucas Matthysse, Omar Figueroa on April 26 tripleheader

By Lem Satterfield

Welterweight boxer-puncher Keith “One Time” Thurman will fight two-time lightweight titlewinner Julio Diaz in the main event of a Showtime-televised tripleheader on April 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. THE RING’s No. 1-rated junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse faces rugged lightweight puncher John Molina, and WBC lightweight titleholder Omar Figueroa Jr. will face spolier Jerry Belmontes, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer informed RingTV.com on Tuesday.

Thurman (22-0, 20 knockouts), a 25-year-old from Clearwater, Fla., scored a ninth-round technical knockout over veteran gatekeeper Jesus Soto Karass, who was floored once each in the fifth and final rounds of their bout in December. In his previous bout, last July, Thurman scored a 10th-round knockout of previously unbeaten Argentine Diego Chaves, whom he dropped once each in the ninth and final rounds.

Although the 34-year-old Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs) is 0-2-1 in his past three fights, those bouts were a draw and a unanimous decision loss against unbeaten current IBF beltholder Shawn Porter and a close decision setback to former titleholder Amir Khan.

In succession, Diaz drew with Porter in December 2012, floored Khan in the fourth round in April of last year, and was outpointed in December by Porter, whose next bout was a unanimous decision that dethroned Devon Alexander in December.

“I think that Keith Thurman against Julio Diaz is one of those fights where, obviously, Keith is the favorite, but Julio Diaz is a fighter who always comes to fight. It seems like those fighters from the Coachella Valley and from Riverside, like Josesito Lopez and Mauricio Herera and Julio Diaz, they love to be spoilers,” said Schaefer, referring to Lopez’s knockout of Victor Ortiz, and Herrera’s majority decision loss to RING 140-pound champion Danny Garcia.

“Just when Julio Diaz went over to England and fought Amir Khan, he realizes that this is a tremendous opportunity for him. He always comes to fight, and Keith Thurman is obviously considered to be one of the big names and one of the fast emerging stars at 147. Plus, Keith has a big target on his back, just like Danny Garcia did a few weeks ago in Puerto Rico. These guys who are considered to be opponents are suddenly are not just opponents, but guys who want to capture the opportunity. I know that Julio Diaz is exactly like that.”

Thurman-Diaz will happen after an April 19 defense by Porter against two-time titleholder Paulie Malignaggi. In addition, on May 3, RING 147-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. defends against WBA counterpart Marcos Maidana, Khan will fight ex-welterweight titleholder Luis Collazo, and former beltholder Adrian Broner meets Carlos Molina.

“I know that Thurman is happy to be in the mix around the time frame that Porter and Malignaggi are fighting,” said Schaefer. “Then, on May 3, many of the other welterweights will be in action. So I think that it’s important for Keith Thurman to be in that group, and he’s happy to be back in the ring.”

A 31-year-old Argentine, Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) was last in the ring in September when he was dropped in the 11th round of a unanimous decision loss to unbeaten Garcia, the RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion.

Before falling to Garcia, Matthysse had built a 4-2 record (with four knockouts) against six current or former titleholders, having floored all of them.

Last May, Matthysse registered three knockdowns during a third round stoppage of IBF 140-pound beltholder Lamont Peterson in a non-title bout for his sixth straight knockout win.

Molina (27-3, 22 KOs), meanwhile, is 3-2 with three knockouts in his past five bouts, the first of which was a first-round stoppage loss to former titleholder Antonio DeMarco in September 2012.

Molina split his next two bouts, stopping Dannie Williams in the first round last January before falling by majority decision to Andrey Klimov in June.

But the 31-year-old Southern Californian has knocked out his past two opponents, coming from behind to stop previously unbeaten Mickey Bey in the 10th round last July, and knocking out Jorge Pimentel in the second round in November.

“Matthysse against John Molina is going to be exciting toe-to-toe action, because John Molina always comes to fight,” said Schaefer. “With Matthysse, you never have a boring fight. After this fight, Matthysse is going to be weighing his options concerning whether he’s going to remain at 140 or whether he’s going to want to move up to 147.”

The 24-year-old Figuroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) had to pull out of a scheduled March 8 defense of his WBC 135-pound defense against Ricardo Alvarez due to a hand injury, but said that his hand is recovering.

An all-action, fan-friendly fighter, Figueroa won his belt against Nihito Arakawa, flooring the Japanese veteran twice during a unanimous decision in August.

March 8 was a banner night for the 25-year-old Belmontes (19-3, 5 KOs), who spoiled the U.S. debut of previously unbeaten Will Tomlinson of Australia. Figuroa of Weslaco, Texas, never has beaten amateur nemesis Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, Texas.

“We have the opening bout with Omar Figueroa, who is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, against Jerry Belmontes, who had a big win against Tomlinson,” said Schaefer.

“So that’s going to be a very entertaining and exciting fight. To have Omar Figueroa, followed by Lucas Matthysse, and then, Keith Thurman, all in one night, I can tell you that this is going to be, top-to-bottom, one of the most exciting cards we have done in a while.”

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