|Larry Smith is ‘Ready for Anyone’ – This Friday in Wichita Falls
Friday, June 29, Dallas native Larry “Slomoshun” Smith (10-11, 7KO) will be ready to do battle once again at Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas versus an unnamed opponent on the undercard of the James “Boogie” Freeman vs. Angel Sigala rematch entitled, “Brawl for It All - Redemption” presented by Boogie Promotions.
Being only a few days out from fight night, I wondered in my head as to how the opponent could not be named yet. Could it be a contract dispute, or do they simply not want to face him? Smith says it’s mostly that the contracts are still being finalized. Smith stated “This is pretty much how it goes so don’t worry. The absolute latest I will find out who I am fighting is at the weigh-in. My opponent might have another opportunity waiting. So they are going to analyze their offers and do what is best for their careers.” I couldn’t believe my ears, but this is boxing and anything can happen. I asked Smith if this brand of last minute, (might show/might not show) opponent would change his approach to training. He simply replied, “Not at all. My workouts always consist of strength and conditioning, roadwork, mitt work, sparring, it’s all the same. I am ready for anyone!” Smith has the reach and slickness to give any welterweight fighter in the top 10 trouble as displayed on YouTube and even though he has been on the losing side of his recent decisions, he remains optimistic in his talent.
Smith’s last visit to Wichita Falls in March of this year was unsuccessful and ended in a loss to Jorge Suarez (6-0) by unanimous decision for the vacant USA Texas State welterweight title and North American Boxing Union welterweight title. Suarez impressed the judges with volume punching but Smith believes he landed the more effective blows.
This past April in his most recent outing, Smith lost to up and comer Wale Omotoso (22-0) by eighth round knockout in Pomona, California. A looping right hand from Omotoso dropped Smith to the canvas and ended his night. “The referee waived off the bout and didn’t even give me a count. He said I was ‘tired’, but in my mind, I could clearly name everything from the venue down to my kids’ birthdays. I was good!" I found the fight posted online and after watching the clip, it appears Smith very well could have beaten a count.
Larry Smith and James “Boogie” Freeman, Friday night’s headliner, have met twice in the ring before in 2010 with each man earning a win. Smith believes a ‘rubber match’ is not in the future since the both of them now work together on the business side of boxing and are more interested in showcasing entertaining fight cards.
A confident Smith is pursuing a vacant title belt should he get past his unknown opponent this Friday night. “I do have a few options we are considering for my next fight. But right now I need the win”, he commented. “Once I get my title shot, I am going to snatch up some title belts. I plan on getting them all, I can promise you that.”