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Ishe Smith to make first title defense at home in Vegas
In February, Ishe Smith (25-5, 11 KOs) became the first Las Vegas-born fighter to win a world title. On July 19, Smith returns to Las Vegas to make the first defense of the IBF junior middleweight title he took from Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage. Smith, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, defends his title for the first time against Carlos Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs). SHOWTIME will televise the event beginning at 10 PM/ET.
“This is the homecoming I’ve been waiting for my entire career and there is no way that Carlos Molina is leaving Las Vegas with my championship belt,” said Smith. “He’s a tough fighter and a guy no one wants to fight, but that’s why I have no problem fighting him in my first title defense. I’m here to fight the best and show that I’m a true champion.”
Since joining forces with Mayweather Promotions, Smith’s career has risen to new heights. His boxing skills have improve and he no longer fights professionally and not as a sparring partner. Smith developed from a prospect to professional fighter into a world champion. The former ‘Contender’ reality TV sensation has won four straight fights.
Molina is a tough and rugged native of Mexico. Molina has defeated Kermit Cintron, Cory Spinks, fought Erislandy Lara to a draw, and dropped a disputed controversial disqualification against James Kirkland in March 2012.
“I respect Ishe Smith for stepping up and taking this fight, because not many world champions would,” said Molina. “That being said, this is my opportunity to win the title and it may not come around again, so I have to make the most of it and I will.”
Also on the card, former amateur boxer Mickey Bey Jr. (18-0-1, 9 KO’s) and 2008 Gambia Olympian Badou Jack (14-0, 10 KOs) will appear on the card in separate fights. Both fighters, along with Smith, are promoted by Floyd Mayweather.
Tickets priced at $125, $100, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, go on sale on Friday, June 21 at 12:00 p.m. PT and will be available for purchase at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Tickets for ‘Three To See’ are on sale
Kathy Duva’s Main Events and NBC Fight Night will bring a powerful night of boxing to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on August 3rd. Brooklyn’s Curtis ‘Showtime’ Stevens (24-3, 17 KOs) battles Saul Roman (37-9, 31 KOs) of Mexico in a scheduled 10-round middleweight bout.
Also, former heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA, fights South African Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu, 12-1, 9 KOs in the co-feature.
In addition, former WBC light-heavyweight, IBF cruiserweight, and heavyweight title contender, Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KOs) of Poland, will touch gloves with hometown favorite Tony Grano (20-3-1, 16 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.
Tickets are priced at $120 and $35 plus facility fees and can be purchased by calling Mohegan Sun Box office 860-862-8499 or toll free at 888-226-7711 ext 8499. For ADA accessible sales, call Mohegan Sun Box Office at 860-862-8499. The NBC Sports telecast begins at 10:30 PM/ET.