The rumored/previously reported May 2 fight between WBA "regular" junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara and former IBF titleholder Ishe Smith is official, with FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes televising the fight the night before Mayweather-Maidana.
The fight will take place at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale tomorrow:
Tickets, priced at $95, $65, $35 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, March 26 at noon PT and will be available for purchase by visiting The Joint box office, calling 800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
On the undercard, Mickey Bey Jr (19-1-1, 10 KO) will face Alan Herrera (32-5, 21 KO), and Jesus Cuellar (23-1, 18 KO) will take on former super bantamweight titlist Rico Ramos (23-3, 12 KO).
"Ishe Smith talks a lot on the internet, let's see if he fights as well as he talks. I'm on a different level and he'll know that as soon as the first bell rings. He's fighting the best super welterweight in the world and the pressure is mounting on him so he's trying to build himself up mentally. Come May 2nd I'm going to do Mayweather a favor and retire him."
"This is a dream come true, not only fighting for a chance at claiming another world title, but to be doing it in front of my hometown fans and family is a blessing, I'm truly honored. Lara was offered a chance to fight me back in 2012 and he turned it down to fight Freddy Hernandez instead. I will show him he was right in turning the fight down the first time. I'm ready to lay it all on the line to regain one of the super welterweight championships, come May 2nd I will turn his American Dream into an American Nightmare."
LEONARD ELLERBE, Mayweather Promotions
"May 2nd should not be overlooked by any means, it's one night with two world championships on the line. We have put together a card with a roster of top tier talent that will be showcased come fight night. I'm sure no one in the building or watching from home will be disappointed."
RICHARD SCHAEFER, Golden Boy Promotions
"With the entire boxing world focusing on Las Vegas, we're giving fans another stacked card the night before 'The Moment.' Two championship fights and a great matchup between top prospects will get the weekend started right on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes."