Lara-Smith is scheduled to take place May 2, the night before Mayweather attempts to unify the WBC, The Ring and WBA welterweight titles against Argentinian Marcos Maidana. The bout will air on Fox Sports 1 live from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Smith is somewhat of a consolation prize for Lara, who was recently elevated from interim champion to full champion by the WBA, as his attempt to secure a fight with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez failed for the time being.
At the post fight press conference, after dismantling Alfredo Angulo, Canelo shot down the notion that fans want to see him and Lara fight. Canelo even went as far as asking those in attendance, sarcastically, if they wanted to see Canelo vs. Lara, and the crowd responded with laughter.
Canelo already has a July PPV date set, and if Lara beats Smith convincingly, he may well become the frontrunner to headline that card with the Mexican superstar.
For Smith, a technically sound boxer, to have any chance of defeating Lara, he has to let his hands go. A common knock on Smith is that he doesn't do enough to win fights, especially when faced with adversity in the ring.