Boxing is as much a part of Las Vegas lore as one-armed bandits, all-you-can-eat buffets and Frank, Deano and Sammy. This evening, another prizefighting chapter will be written in the Boxing Capital of the World’s history books as two dangerous 154-pound fighters lace up the gloves in a highly intriguing showdown between a former champion and a rapidly rising prospect.
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Smith vs Galarza
Ishe Smith first came on the radar of fight fans in 2005 as a competitor in the debut season of The Contender reality series. Since then, the Las Vegas native has gone on to fight some of the top 154- and 160-pound fighters in the game, while claiming his own world title in the process.
That career highlight came in February 2013, when Smith earned a majority decision over Cornelius Bundrage in Detroit to become a 154-pound champ. Smith lost the title in his very next bout, dropping a split decision to Carlos Molina, part of an ongoing stretch that has seen the 38-year-old alternate wins and losses in his last seven contests.
Coming off a unanimous decision over Tommy Rainone in his most recent bout in December, Smith will be looking to end his win-loss pattern against hard-hitting Frank Galarza.
After getting a late start in boxing, Galarza scored an upset in 2010 when he won a New York Golden Gloves title, then quickly turned pro after just 11 amateur bouts. The decision paid off, as the 31-year-old Brooklyn, New York, native started his career 17-0-2 before suffering a sixth-round stoppage loss to Jarett Hurd in his last fight in mid-November.
Prior to falling to Hurd, Galarza had stopped seven of eight opponents. He’ll look to regain that big power tonight and do something no fighter has done in Smith’s 16-year career: stop him before the final bell.