News | Sep 10 2015

Ishe Smith leaps to the defence of Floyd Mayweather over drug speculation

Ishe Smith makes astonishing rant in Las Vegas
Ishe Smith

PRESS CONFERENCES designed to promote the undercard of fights often have the reverse effect. Lots of fighters are presented to the media; in turn they shuffle up to the microphone, thank everyone and everything, explain how hard they’ve trained, and then promise that it’s going to be a great fight.

Today’s presser, staged at the MGM Grand and featuring the supporting cast of the Floyd Mayweather-Andre Berto show, was heading down a similar path. Vanes Martirosyan, all smiles, got up to say a few words about his encounter with former IBF light-middleweight boss, Ishe Smith.

“I had a really good camp,” he said after the customary thanks. “I’m excited and happy to be here. Ishe Smith is a good fighter, a good veteran, and I have a lot of respect for him.”