Erislandy Lara Vs Ishe Smith – Preview, Prediction and Betting Tip


Erislandy Lara Vs Ishe Smith 

Preview, Prediction and Betting Tip

Erislandy Lara and Ishe Smith go head to head for the WBA World light middleweight title this Friday night in San Antonio, Texas. This fight is certainly one for the purest’s and is unlikely to set the ring on fire, but if you like the technical side of the sweet science then its an interesting bout between two top light middleweights. 

Lara a typical Cuban, a bag of skill and an awkward southpaw who uses the ring superbly to control distance and pace, some could argue he has been unlucky not to have an undefeated record, he was jobbed on the cards against Paul Williams in 2011 and was in an extremely close bout with Canelo Alvarez earlier this year, a fight that could have gone either way. 

Smith is the first Las Vegas native to win a world title when he beat K9 Corneliss Bundrage for the IBF light middleweight title in 2013, he would lose that title later in the year against Carlos Molina by split decision. Smith is a smart fighter with a shrewd defence and a lot of experience, Smith is also proven to be tough with a solid chin. 

Both fighters are hardly explosive offensively and as a result there could be some close rounds to score, but for me Lara should win this fight clear enough over 12 rounds. Lara is simply the better fighter. 

The bookies see a Lara decision as almost nailed on at 1/2 and I have to say I agree, I mean Lara could get the KO he certainly has enough pop but I think Smith is too experienced, tough and smart defensively to get stopped. Those of you following the tips and predictions for a while will know I don’t usually play odds this low but I just can’t see any other outcome occurring really. 

So in that breath I am going to make a play on the 1/2 being offered up by Ladbrokes, however I will be looking to play this outcome in a double or treble on the Facebook page over the weekend to get more meat on the play, so keep an eye out for that if you want better odds. 

Prediction: Lara UD 

Boxing Tipster’s Bet: £20 on Lara by decision 1/2 Ladbrokes