Erislandy Lara Defeats Ishe Smith, Retains Title

ERISLANDY LARA DEFEATS ISHE SMITH, RETAINS TITLE;

FLOYD MAYWEATHER CALLS OUT MANNY PACQUIAO ON SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION® TELECAST

BADOU JACK STOPS FRANCISCO SIERRA IN THE SIXTH; CHRIS PEARSON SCORES UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER STEVE MARTINEZ

Erislandy Lara vs. Ishe Smith Will Replay on SHOWTIM EXTREME®

Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Dec. 13, 2014) –Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) retained his WBA Super Welterweight World Championship with a convincing 12-round unanimous decision victory over Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) in theSHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION main event Friday night from The Illusions Theater at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

After a strong first round for Smith, Lara dominated the remainder of the fight using a combination of movement, speed and accuracy to secure the decision 117-111, 119-109 twice.

Lara, of Houston by way of Cuba, showed his skills and experience outpunching his opponent, landing 40 percent of his power punches and 22 percent of his total punches. Smith, of Las Vegas Nev., landed only four percent of his jabs.

“I’m an experienced fighter and I know how to read my opponent. I read Ishe in the first round and I set up my game plan,” said Lara. “His body work didn’t affect me. I trained hard with Jack [Edward Jackson] and Ronnie [Shields]. He tried to break my concentration with his cheap tactics and dances, but I know how to control myself. I can control my impulses and I don’t let anything get in the way.”

“I want Floyd for my next fight. He’s the best pound-for-pound, and I want to find the best. I already beat Canelo and everybody else in the division,” added Lara.

SHOWTIME Analyst and Boxing Historian Steve Farhood on the fight, “The main event was about what was expected. Ishe tried, but wasn’t capable because he’s not as quick or as sharp with his punches. When he had the opportunity to bang the body he did but it wasn’t enough because Lara was in such control in the center. He landed so many straight left hands that landed flush. Lara fought the fight he wanted to fight and in that kind of fight, he’s very difficult to beat. He frustrated Smith throughout the fight.”

“I did what I had to do, we had a great camp and I went out there and let it hang,” said Smith after the fight. “You win some you lose some. That’s life. Floyd [Mayweather] told me to keep my head up and that he’s proud of me.”

Unbeaten boxing superstar and perennial pound-for-pound kingpin, Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) broke his silence and called out Manny Pacquiao in an interview during Friday’s SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast from San Antonio.

“I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao, we’re trying to make the fight happen. Years ago we had problems with random blood and urine testing. I just want to have an even playing field,” said Mayweather. “It’s a little bit of everything that makes me want this fight because he’s not on my level. The fans would love to see the fight and of course I want to go out with a bang. So let’s make this fight happen.”

“Let’s make this fight for the people, for the fans. Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao May 2, Cinco de Mayweather.”

In the co-feature, Badou Jack “The Ripper” (18-1-1, 12 KOs) made quick work of his opponent with a dominating sixth-round technical knockout victory over Francisco “Panchito” Sierra (26-8-1, 23 KOs).

Jack, of Las Vegas, Nev., by way of Sweden, controlled the fight from the outset, lighting up Sierra, the Tepic, Mexican native, with aggressive right hands and upper cuts to the body. Sierra struggled throughout the fight with a cut alongside his right eye suffered in the first round from an accidental head butt.

Jack was highly accurate, landing 59 percent of his power punches, 41 percent of his jabs and 52 percent of his total punches. With 1:02 remaining in the sixth, referee Rafael Ramos stopped the fight and awarded Jack the technical knockout.

“He was what I thought he’d be,” said the 31-year-old Jack. “It wasn’t a perfect fight for me. It’s good to be back but I was looking a bit too much for the knockout, I should have relaxed a bit and used my jab. I felt good, I felt strong out there.”

Sierra was frustrated after the stoppage, “I’m angry with the referee for stopping the fight. I wanted to continue but the referee stopped it.”

In theSHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITIONopening bout, Chris “YK” Pearson (12-0, 9 KOs) remained undefeated in an all-out brawl earning a unanimous decision over Steven “Hitman” Martinez (15-2, 12 KOs).

Martinez, of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Puerto Rico, came out at the bell aggressively, winning three of the first four rounds on two of the three judges’ scorecards. Pearson, of Dayton, Ohio, was able to stay disciplined, controlling the finals six rounds of the fight. The 10-rounder, a first for both fighters, was scored 98-92, 97-93 twice.

Pearson, who hadn’t fought since February, was enthused with his effort in the biggest fight of his professional career.

“I knew he was coming forward, but I had to be smart because I know he’s a good fighter. I wanted to be patient and be smart and use my skills,” said Pearson. “It’s not always going to be a knockout or exciting but it can be dominant and I thought I was dominant.”

In a battle of rising prospects, both were able to impress at different times. “Martinez started very strong, but I think the fact that Pearson had many more difficult fights going into this one enabled him to tough out the rocky moments and come on later. Once he started backing Martinez up the fight was over,” said Farhood.

After the fight, the 24-year-old Martinez was disappointed with his performance, stating “I needed to pressure more. It was a much closer fight than the judges had it. It was a good fight, but I could have done better.”

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“Lonestar Battle: Lara vs. Smith” was a 12-round WBA Super Welterweight World Championship fight promoted by Mayweather Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra. The night of fights was a SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION (10:15 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) taking place at the Illusions Theater at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

I enjoyed the card. Maybe because my expectations were so low entering the show, and maybe because the participants showed a little more growth since their last outing. Pearson put in a solid performance using an ultr-crisp jab that never wilted during the entire 10 rounds. Pearson has been known to gas and put on flat performances. I was surprised to see the added improvements. Jack looked good as well even though he was literally fighting a cab driver. It was a decent keep-busy fight. Floyd delivered what many viewers would consider a convoluted and contrived interview about the state of affairs regarding a possible fight with Manny. Personally I was just glad he is talking about the fight again. I enjoyed the small venue vibe and the lively atmosphere. Nothing makes the ugly girls at the bar look good except steady shots of strong liquor. They way the crowd was cheering for Lara you could tell the open bar was doing a far amount of business. The fight was entertaining on its own ( and I was sober ) with Lara probing for openings and blasting Smith with sharp left had leads from every angle with Ishe trying to doing his best to crowd Lara while roughing him up along the ropes. It was a pretty decent card for a TMT promotion.


-oubobcat :

I enjoyed the card. Maybe because my expectations were so low entering the show, and maybe because the participants showed a little more growth since their last outing. Pearson put in a solid performance using an ultr-crisp jab that never wilted during the entire 10 rounds. Pearson has been known to gas and put on flat performances. I was surprised to see the added improvements. Jack looked good as well even though he was literally fighting a cab driver. It was a decent keep-busy fight. Floyd delivered what many viewers would consider a convoluted and contrived interview about the state of affairs regarding a possible fight with Manny. Personally I was just glad he is talking about the fight again. I enjoyed the small venue vibe and the lively atmosphere. Nothing makes the ugly girls at the bar look good except steady shots of strong liquor. They way the crowd was cheering for Lara you could tell the open bar was doing a far amount of business. The fight was entertaining on its own ( and I was sober ) with Lara probing for openings and blasting Smith with sharp left had leads from every angle with Ishe trying to doing his best to crowd Lara while roughing him up along the ropes. It was a pretty decent card for a TMT promotion.
I think the low expectations made this fight look better. I was not expecting much and was surprised that there was some action between Lara and Smith. Smith had some success and Lara was not always running and landed some flashy punches. That said, still not that great of a fight. Lara still ran a lot, pot shotted, held, etc. And Smith could not unlock the Lara puzzle and seemed to land whatever hard punches he threw on Lara's hip, arms and shoulder. The Chris Pearson-Steve Martinez fight that opened the telecast was a very good fight. There was some very good action and a lot of back and forth between the two. Martinez did very well early but Pearson turned the tide in the mid rounds. It was a very good competitive fight overall and I would not mind seeing both in the future.


-The Commish :

The Lara-Smith fight was every bit as dull as I thought it would be. The most exciting time I had during the course of the 12 excrutiating rounds was texting back and forth with The Shadow. That's the only thing which kept me up! -Randy G.


-DaveB :

The Lara-Smith fight was every bit as dull as I thought it would be. -Randy G.
Since both these boys are on my do not watch list I passed on it.


-the Roast :

The first fight was pretty good. I didn't need to see Badoo Jack have a tune up fight. Lara and Smith was as dull as dull can be. Hope tonight is way better.


-amayseng :

I saw the highlights and they were even boring.


-The Shadow :

Like I was texting Randy while this fight was going on, Erislandy "Dandy Landy" Lara is a pretty mothersucker. He's also the personification/definition of a mirage. Dude keeps giving the impression that he's a master, that he has all this talent, that he's constantly in 2nd hear and can take off a guy's head at will were he only to take a little risk. Not so much so. Dude is a flashy one-dimensional fighter who will beat boxers and little else. Yes, he beat Ishe Smith going away, though the cards were a little wider than they should've been. And yes, he did it fighting exactly like he always fights, not hit and run but strike and flee. Because he is so damn pretty, he looks much better than what he really is. He's a smart, scientific, well-conditioned boxer but he is incredibly overrated. Sure, he does well with fellow boxers like Austin Trout and Smith where he can utilize what he truly does well: feints with his shoulders, punches and movement, run around the ring and set traps, and set his opponent his straight punches. All fine and dandy, Dandy Landy. But in between those performances where he will box the heck out of a fellow boxer, we see a bunch of draws, defeats, struggles with supposedly inferior fighters and foul-filled affairs where he will try to cheat to escape with the victory. (Dude keeps claiming he was robbed against Canelo, insisting he won seven out of 12 rounds. News flash, Salsa Man, if you "only" claim seven rounds in a 12 round fight, then you can't call it a robbery because one or two rounds where a ref disagrees and there goes your bictory.) But because he's so technically proficient, he constantly disguises the fact that he's simply not all that great. He's good, sure, but he's not great. He lost to Canelo, Alfredo freakin' Angulo had you down and almost out, Vanes Martian had him confused and Carlos Molina pretty much beat him. Yet, somehow, he gives people the impression that there's more there. There's not. He is what he is and what he is is his ceiling. He's a one-dimensional fighter who fights the same way no matter who he fights. He doesn't counterpunch, doesn't slip punches, doesn't know how to throw combinations beyond the 1-2 or 1-2-1 and the rare hook. I love the Cuban school. It's supreme. This dude? He looks like a slowed down, dull version of Chris Algieri. I wouldn't have said this before but today, I think Miguel Cotto beats him up. Might even stop him. Even if he does, I bet Lara will still cry robbery. "He hit me!" he will say. "They don't do that in Cuban School!"


-brownsugar :

I expected the bad reviews... . I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And everyone is entitled to their opinion... I thought Lara's lateral movement, hair trigger counters and economy of motion was remarkable to say the least. Lara is part of the reason the Charlo brothers look so good. ...steel sharpens steel. Not always intertaining to the main stream but the drunken crowd seemed to enjoy it. Lol. it was like it was Lara's personal birthday party in there.