A fight you should eye on for Erislandy Lara vs Ishe Smith happened on December 12, 2014 at Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Erislandy Lara as the third-best junior middleweight in the world. If we're not, I rank Erislandy Lara as the second-best junior middleweight in the world, just barely behind Canelo Alvarez, to whom Lara lost a contentious split decision in July. Smith is a former titleholder himself, beating Cornelius Bundrage in February 2013 before dropping the belt seven months later to Carlos Molina.
This was Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) used superb footwork and his laser straight-left to earn himself a lop-sided unanimous decision against the game but ineffective Ishe Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) in what turned out to be a tactical, but entertaining, main event. Will it be Lara for the title shot?
On Ishe Smith, 36 years old, gave a good account of himself, landing powerful left hooks to the body on the rare occasions when he had Lara trapped against the ropes. But those times were few and he was unable to cut off the ring effectively enough as the slick Cuban had his way with him. What's next for Ishe Smith? What do you think for him?
When: December 12, 2014
Where: Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Division: light middleweight (154 lbs, 69.9 kg)
Title: WBA World light middleweight title
Fight Result: Erislandy Lara def. Ishe Smith (unanimous decision, 119-109, 119-109, 117-111)
Watch the fight replay for Lara vs Smith.