Dan Rafael: Alan Herrera

Lara-Smith undercard revealed

March, 26, 2014
Mar 26
Whenever Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights, there is sure to be a smaller card a night or two before his big card. That’s the case again in May.

While Mayweather faces Marcos Maidana on May 3 (Showtime PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Golden Boy is putting on another card May 2 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes) headlined by junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara’s first defense against former titlist Ishe Smith at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino down the street. It just adds to the week of boxing festivities.

On Tuesday, Golden Boy unveiled the undercard for Lara-Smith. It will be a televised tripleheader and includes lightweight Mickey Bey against Alan Herrera in a scheduled 10-rounder and Jesus Cuellar defending his interim featherweight belt against former junior featherweight titlist Rico Ramos.

"With the entire boxing world focusing on Las Vegas, we're giving fans another stacked card the night before [Mayweather-Maidana],” Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said. "Two championship fights and a great matchup between top prospects will get the weekend started right.”

Cleveland’s Bey (19-1-1, 10 KOs), who is promoted by Mayweather, is seeking his second win in a row since his stunning last-minute knockout loss to John Molina in July. Bey was way ahead on all three cards when he was stopped in the 10th and final round. Mexico’s Herrera (32-5, 21 KOs) has won six of his last seven bouts, although he’s coming off a six-round decision loss.

Southpaw Cuellar (23-1, 18 KOs), of Argentina, will be making his first interim defense. He outpointed Claudio Marrero on ESPN2 in August to win the vacant belt.

Ramos (23-3, 12 KOs), of Los Angeles, held a 122-pound belt in 2011 and 2012 but lost it by sixth-round knockout to Guillermo Rigondeaux in his first defense. That started a 1-3 rut, but Ramos has won two in a row.

Bey, O'Connor out of TV fights

February, 26, 2014
Feb 26
One fighter is ill and one is injured, situations that have caused both to withdraw from upcoming televised fights.

Lightweight Mickey Bey (19-1-1, 9 KOs) has fallen ill and was forced on Tuesday to pull out of his fight against Alan Herrera (32-5, 21 KOs). They were scheduled to meet Friday night in the co-feature of Showtime’s “ShoBox: The Generation” quadrupleheader at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y.

The Floyd Mayweather-promoted card will go on with the other three televised bouts (9:30 p.m. ET/PT). In the main event, super middleweight J’Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) faces Vladine Biosse (15-2-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Super middleweight Badou Jack (16-0, 9 KOs) will meet Dereck Edwards (26-3-1, 13 KOs), also scheduled for 10 rounds, and middleweight Chris Pearson (13-0, 10 KOs) faces Lanardo Tyner (31-8-2, 20 KOs) in the scheduled eight-round opener.

Meanwhile, welterweight Danny O’Connor (23-2, 7 KOs) suffered a left elbow injury in training, forcing him to pull out of a March 17 fight with Andrew Farmer (17-2, 7 KOs). The bout was supposed to headline a special St. Patrick’s edition of “Golden Boy Live” (Fox Sports 1, 8:30 p.m. ET) at the House of Blues in Boston.

Instead, middleweight Julian Williams (14-0-1, 8 KOs) will face former welterweight title challenger Freddy Hernandez (30-6, 20 KOs) in the main event.