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“The One” Pay-Per-View Card Is Complete with a World Championship Fight Between Ishe Smith and Carlos Molina

by on Aug.09, 2013, under Boxing News, Press Releases

Plus a Welterweight Contest Featuring Pablo Cesar Cano Against Ashley Theophane, Live on Showtime PPV® at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

LOS ANGELES, CA, August 8, 2013 — Just when fight fans thought “THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO” couldn’t get any bigger, the opening two Pay-Per-View bouts of the September 14 mega-card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas have been announced, with a third world championship bout and a meeting of two rising stars making this the must-see event of 2013.

In a 12-round battle for the IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship, Mayweather Promotions star and Las Vegas’ own Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith defends his crown for the first time against feared top contender Carlos Molina. The opening bout on the SHOWTIME PPV will be a 10-round welterweight showdown between Mexico’s Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano and England’s Ashley “Treasure” Theophane, the most recent fighter to sign with Mayweather Promotions. (continue reading…)

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Ishe Smith Defends IBF Junior Middleweight Title against Carlos Molina Friday, July 19th

by on Jun.24, 2013, under Boxing News

Defense to take place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas and televised live on Showtime

Ishe Smith (photo by Chris Haston, courtesy of

Ishe Smith (photo by Chris Haston, courtesy of


LAS VEGAS, June 13 – After making history in February by becoming the first Las Vegas native to win a major world boxing championship, Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith will return home on Friday, July 19 to defend his IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship against number two rated IBF junior middleweight contender “King” Carlos Molina at The Joint At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas live on a special edition of SHOWTIMEBoxing.

Also in action against in separate bouts will be unbeaten rising stars Mickey Bey Jr. and Badou Jack. (continue reading…)

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Molina Says to Newly-Crowned Ishe Smith: ‘Let’s Make It Happen on May 4th!’

by on Feb.28, 2013, under Boxing News

Carlos Molina (photo by Kristy Wawersik)

Carlos Molina (photo by Kristy Wawersik)

Before and since winning the IBF junior middleweight title against Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (32-5, 19 KOs) on February 23rd in Detroit, Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (25-5, 11 KOs) has stated that he would like to face perennial contender “King” Carlos Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs) in his first title defense, which he would like to be in his hometown of Las Vegas.

“I want to give Carlos Molina a shot; he deserves it. I want to defend this title in front of my hometown fans,” said Smith after defeating Bundrage. (continue reading…)

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Carlos Molina: ‘I’m Ready for May 4th!’

by on Feb.14, 2013, under Boxing News

Carlos Molina (photo by Kristy Wawersik)

Carlos Molina (photo by Kristy Wawersik)

CHICAGO — Fresh off his dominant win over ex-champion Cory Spinks on February 1st at the UIC Pavilion, junior middleweight contender Carlos Quintana had this to say:

“As I sit and wait for an IBF title shot against the winner of Bundrage-Smith, I can’t help but read and listen to the headlines of who Mayweather and Canelo might fight. Let’s end the discussion. I’ll fight and beat either of them at 147 or 154. Let’s do it! I’m ready for May 4th!”

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Molina Dominates Spinks at UIC Pavilion

by on Feb.02, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Castillo Can’t Keep Up with Smith, Heavyweights Bring the Fire

By Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

CHICAGO, IL, February 2, 2013–On ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, presented by 8 Count, Warriors, and Round 3 Promotions, last night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, Carlos Molina demonstrated again why he should be in contention for a title, showing great poise and effective offensive and defensive skills in dismantling former title-holder Cory Spinks. Antwone Smith stymied a game but faded Jose Luis Castillo. Local heavyweight Mike Mollo, returning to ring for the first time since 2010, showed lots of heart and decent power against Polish upstart Artur Szpilka, who bloodied and ultimately knocked him out after an entertaining brawl.

Carlos Molina (L) defends against Cory Spinks

Carlos Molina (L) defends against Cory Spinks

The Main Event featured Carlos Molina (21 [16 KOs]-5-2, 153.5 lbs.), who had put one fight between himself and his latest loss, a controversial disqualification against James Kirkland in a fight he was winning, against another southpaw, former title-holder Cory Spinks (39 [11 KOs]-8, 153.25 lbs.) in an IBF Light Middleweight eliminator bout. Spinks holds victories against some respectable opponents, including Ricardo Mayorga and Zab Judah, but has struggled lately, and last night’s bout proved to be no exception. Though the bout began quickly, with both fighters looking to make their mark, Molina found his rhythm in the first round, while Spinks could not get close to Molina. When he tried, charging in with his head low, Molina pushed him down and countered with a flurry of hooks. By round’s end, Spinks was being driven back into the ropes and trying to stop Molina’s onslaught by grabbing Molina arond the waist. Spinks came out behind his jab in the second, a good strategy that initially kept Molina from finding a home for the left hook that proved his best weapon in this fight. By the end of the round, Spinks was again clinching, and sometimes grappling, to avoid punishment from Molina, who was effectively outboxing and outhustling him. The third round was the most competetive of the fight. After a slow start, both boxers engaged and landed some solid blows. Molina started effectively going to the body and continued to counter Spinks with his left hook. (continue reading…)

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