Ishe Smith will make his first defense of the IBF 154-pound title he won against Cornelius Bundrage in February, when he faces Carlos Molina in July, with Mayweather Promotions promoting the card.
[Promoter Leon] Margules said he worked out a deal with Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe for the fight so a scheduled April 16 purse bid was called off. Margules said the terms of their agreement call for the bout to take place on or before July 27 at a site to be determined.
"We made an agreement to let (Mayweather Promotions) promote the fight," Margules said. "We made a deal on the money, on the airline tickets, on the parameters of the fight. I went back and forth with Leonard and we worked it out."
The sides have two weeks to finalize a deal, which seems like it will happen rather easily.
On paper, this is a potentially ugly fight, as neither man is exactly known for big action, but Molina (21-5-2, 6 KO) really deserves the title shot, and it's good to see he'll get one. As a man who has been in a similar situation -- though not the exact same -- Smith (25-5, 11 KO) likely understands better than most the position Molina is in, and will be facing a man who has struggled with many of the same politics of the sport holding his career back at various points.