Ishe Smith, who has often served as a gatekeeper against up-and-comers, has finally secured a title shot in his 14th year as a pro. The respected veteran will try to become the first Las Vegas native to win a major belt when he faces Cornelius Bundrage on Showtime’s Championship Boxing this Saturday.
IBF lightweight beltholder Miguel Vazquez will face WBO counterpart Ricky Burns as part of an EPIX-televised quadrupleheader on March 16.
Cornelius Bundrage headlines Showtime Championship Boxing on Saturday but the IBF junior middleweight titleholder’s little-known cousin, Willie Fortune, will be a part of Friday’s ShoBox telecast against fellow unbeaten Tureano Johnson.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Brandon Rios would love to face Mike Alvarado, Danny Garcia or Lucas Matthysse, among others, and laments the rift between his promoter Top Rank and rival Golden Boy.
Super middleweight contender Sakio Bika could face Nikola Sjekloca for the WBC’s interim belt on Feb. 16, according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.
IBF junior middleweight titleholder Cornelius Bundrage looks to revive his native Detroit with a Feb. 23 victory over Ishe Smith that he hopes will earn him a mega bout opposite Floyd Mayweather or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Hard-hitting junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo will enter his second fight under trainer Virgil Hunter when he meets Jorge Silva on Saturday night.
Austin Trout wished his 88-year-old great grandmother, Dorothy Johnson, “Happy birthday ‘Nanna’ Johnson,” after Saturday night’s unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cottto.
Oscar De La Hoya on the BB&T series: “For the first event, we wanted to bring a world class fight, and that is exactly what you have in Johan Perez vs. Steve Forbes.”
Two-time welterweight titleholder Andre Berto could challenge IBF junior middleweight beltholder Cornelius Bundrage on Nov. 24, although he’s been mentioned as a potential rival to WBO 147-pound titlewinner Tim Bradley on Dec. 15.