BATB has learned that Randallstown, MD welterweight Cecil McCalla will take on former IBF Super Lightweight champion Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith of Las Vegas, NV in a 10-round contest at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 30. The bout will be televised by ESPN2.
McCalla (20-1, seven KO's) suffered his first pro loss in his last outing when he dropped a 10-round split decision to Chris Van Heerden on January 9 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Smith (26-7, 12 KO's) made an unsuccessful attempt at his second world title when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Erislandy Lara for the WBA Super Lightweight title on December 12 in San Antonio, TX.
This will be the second time in two months that a Beltway Boxer has competed at the Palms Casino Resort. Back in March, Gary Russell, Jr. captured the WBC Featherweight title in that location.