Tony Calcara, Staff Writer
I like Erislandy Lara. There are many who believe Lara did enough to beat Canelo Alvarez last summer. I believe Lara is one of the more underrated and unappreciated fighters in the game right now.
I absolutely will not question Ishe Smith’s toughness. He is 5-3 over his last eight fights. If both bring their best, I don’t see any way Smith comes out on top.
Lou Catalano, Senior Writer
My advice would be to grab your favorite warm blanket and nestle up in the coziest corners of your couch for this one.
I myself will use the fight to get my newborn to sleep. If breaking the all-time record for feints in a fight is your idea of a party, then have at it.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I don’t think this fight will be very good. Erislandy Lara will win on points easily, as he’s the far superior fighter, but hopefully he pushes down on the throttle a little bit and we actually get a decent fight. I’m not banking on it.
Alex Burgos, Editor-in-Chief
I like Erislandy Lara, but a matchup against Ishe Smith isn’t really going to bring out the most exciting of fights. Lara is a technical master–as are many Cuban fighters–and I think that even if Ishe Smith is at 200 percent, he’ll still come up short against “The American Dream.”
One thing I would like to see is Lara make a statement. I think he has the skill and enough pop to take Smith out of there. A performance like that will go a long way in winning over fans who claim the Cuban style is boring.