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Anthony “Lights Out” Smith Begins His March to a Title
Many boxing careers begin away from the maddening crowd and television. They are hidden on major boxing cards, either being the first fight up long before most of the crowd shows up or maybe after the televised bout and as the crowd have left the arena Or a career begins in a small arena in a fairground somewhere in the Midwest. Anthony “Lights Out” Smith begins his career after a successful career in the amateur ranks when he fights on May 25th in Ontario, California.
Anthony Smith compiled a 51-6 record as an Amateur that included being runner up in the 2010 Michigan Golden Gloves and winning the Manuel Torres International Tournament. And while he was boxing, he gave to his community including volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Club in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Smith is confident fighter and showed this when he sent his YouTube videos to Jeff Mayweather in an effort to woo the Mayweather team. (He told me he was encouraged to share his video with Jeff Mayweather.) Mayweather saw a potential champion in Smith and agreed to train him. Mayweather commented, “Anthony contacted me frequently, for about a year and half, on Facebook, and I said I would train him. I knew he was ambitious and he’s persistent and he did show up.”
Smith was a slick boxer as an Amateur and stated that he expected to be a boxer-puncher similar to Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of his heroes. As Smith told me, “The best hand is my right,” just like Floyd Mayweather who owes his own lethal right hand. Smith is in fact a two handed punches as his trainer Jeff Mayweather states Smith best attribute is his left hook!
Team Mayweather believed that Smith has the potential to be a champion, maybe in multiple divisions. While he will start out as a featherweight, at 5’ 7”, he has the potential to grow into a lightweight, maybe move up to junior Welterweight.
The goal is to have Smith fight 6 to 10 fights a year. When asked about Smith’s development, Jeff Mayweather stated, “Build him slow and be careful because he didn’t have real extensive amateur career.” Mayweather added, “What I like about him is work ethic. And he’s the type that keeps pushing.” That disciple maybe inherited as Smith’s father is a retired Marine and Smith adopted his father Marine work ethics.
His first opponent will be Denis Madriz who lost his last fight by a first round knockout to undefeated prospect Neuky Santelises and has yet to win a fight. (Madriz did have one fight victory turned into a no-contest by the California State Athletic Commission.) Anthony Smith is hoping to begin his march to a championship in Ontario, California.