Date: 1st November 2015 at 1:31pm
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Any thoughts of Liam Smith making the first defence of his WBO junior middleweight trophy, against the legendary Shane Mosley, evaporated over a re-match clause.

Reports suggest that Mosley wasn?t too happy about a re-match clause in the contract in case he took Smith?s WBO title off of him and then had to spend more time in a training camp to face Smith again.

Due to his withdrawal, Smith is now left waiting for the announcement of a new opponent for his bout on 19th December, on the under-card of the Andy Lee v Billy Joe Saunders card at the Manchester Arena.

One opponent being touted as a possible is Carlos Molina, somebody who isn?t, as of yet, in the top fifteen ratings of the WBO.

Thirty-two year-old Molina has a record that reads 23-6-2 with just 6wins coming by way of knockout and, on paper, shouldn?t give Smith any problems.

But whilst accepting that fighters are, in most cases, allowed to make a voluntary first defence, I can?t help thinking that taking on Sugar Shane Mosley would have been a far more attractive proposition.

How about you?