The WBA World Light Middleweight Title will be on the line as Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara will face Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith on Friday, December 12 at the Illusions Theatre in San Antonio, TX. Lara opened as a -1200 favorite with the Boxing odds while Smith was a +700 dog.
Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith
The 36 year old Ishe Smith stands at five feet ten inches tall with a reach of 71 inches and fights from an orthodox stance. He is a native of Las Vegas, NV, USA where he still resides. Smith is ranked third in the United States and fifth in the world. Smith has a career record of 26 wins, six losses, and no draws. Out of his 26 career wins a total of 12 have come by knockout. Smith has never suffered a knockout loss.
Smith is coming off a knockout win over Ryan Davis in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout that took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on May 2, 2014.
Smith was coming off a split decision loss to Carlos Molina for the IBF World Light Middleweight title on September 14, 2013.
Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara
The 31 year old Erislandy Lara stands at five feet nine inches tall with a reach of 75 inches and fights from a southpaw stance. Lara is a native of Cuba but now resides in Houston, TX. He is ranked first among Cuban boxers and second in the world. Erislandy has a career record of 19 wins, two losses and two draws. Out of his 19 wins a total of 12 have come by knockout. Lara has never suffered a knockout loss.
Lara is coming off a split decision loss to Saul Alvarez in a 12 round bout that took place on July 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Prior to that Lara scored a unanimous decision win over Austin Trout in a 12 round bout that took place on December 7, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Lara should be highly motivated for this one and is still a proven champion as evidenced by his winning the interim WBA World Light Middleweight title belt. We call for Lara in this one!