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Ishe Smith to face Frank Galarza on Sept. 16

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Photo credit: Naoki Fukuda

Junior middleweights Ishe Smith and Frank Galarza cannot afford a loss at this stage of their careers, which could make their upcoming bout that much more intriguing.

Smith and Galarza will square off in a crossroads bout on Sept. 16 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The 10-round bout will air live on Bounce TV.

RingTV’s Mitch Abramson was the first to make the announcement of this fight on social media.

Smith (28-8, 12 knockouts), who is 3-3 in his last six fights, is a former IBF titleholder who is now regarded as a gatekeeper. Those three losses were against Carlos Molina, Erislandy Lara and Vanes Martirosyan.

In his last bout on Dec. 18, the Las Vegas resident won a landslide decision over Tommy Rainone.

Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KOs), who resides in Brooklyn, New York, has not fought since Nov. 14, when he was stopped in the sixth round by Jarrett Hurd.

In another 10-round junior middleweight bout, Christopher Pearson (14-1, 10 KOs) will face Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs), who has won his last five bouts straight.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.