WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (21-0-1) may square off against Carlos Molina (23-6-2) on December 19th on the undercard of the Andy Lee vs. Billy Joe Saunders card at the Manchester Arena.
Smith is currently in negotiations with both Molina and Shane Mosley. However, neither Molina or Mosley are ranked in the top 15 by the WBO. This means the WBO must agree to the bout or move the opponent into the top 15 in order for the fight to take place.
Molina told ESPN Deportes “We’re in negotiations. Everything depends on the WBO to accept me as challenger.”
Negotiations with Mosley, on the other hand, have been bumpy and what began as a slanging match on Twitter has led to a potential world title bout.
Mosley claims he rejected initial offers as they included a rematch clause but later agreed to the inclusion of such a clause.
Frank Warren, Smith’s promoter, said the WBO refused to make the fight and Mosley’s team failed to send medical records to the BBBofC on time. Mosley denied these claims and stated that the revised rematch clause stipulated any opponent of Warren’s choosing could face Mosley in a rematch.
However, the question we really should ask is, should Smith be fighting an unranked boxer? Surely fighting someone in the top 15 of the WBO rankings would help cement his place in the division and there’s plenty of potential opponents for Smith to choose from, including; Michel Soro, Austin Trout, and Vanes Martirosyan.