Cintron's Trainer: Kermit's Career is On The Line Here

By Keith Idec
Kermit Cintron quickly pounced on another opportunity to fight on television after dropping a surprisingly lopsided 10-round decision to Carlos Molina on July 9 in Carson, Calif.

If he loses this fight Friday night, too, Cintron’s trainer thinks the former IBF welterweight champion might have to start looking for another line of work. Cintron (32-4-1, 28 KOs), of Reading, Pa., will meet Miami’s Antwone Smith (20-2-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight match ESPN2 will broadcast as a “Friday Night Fights” main event from AmeriStar Casino in St. Charles, Mo.

“This is going to be a career-changer,” said Ronnie Shields, Cintron’s trainer. “It’s either going to change his career for the better, or his career is over. Everything is on the line for Kermit in this fight --- everything.”

Cintron, 31, looked lethargic throughout his loss to Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) on the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon undercard last month at Home Depot Center. Chicago’s Molina won 98-92 on all three scorecards in a bout Showtime televised.

Smith, 24, has won two straight fights against pedestrian opposition since suffering a loss to Detroit’s Lanardo Tyner (25-4-2, 15 KOs) in what was considered a mild upset. Tyner stopped Smith in the ninth round 13 months ago in Atlantic City.

“This is a big fight for me,” Smith said. “It’s a golden opportunity. I saw Cintron’s last performance. I know when I come ready, I can beat him. I’m going to come in, be a little sharper, use speed, take my time and work my way into the fight. In my head, I know what I’m capable of doing, and that’s winning by any means necessary.”

This ESPN2 telecast will begin at 9 p.m. EDT with a 10-round lightweight co-feature that’ll pit St. Louis’ Dannie Williams (18-1, 14 KOs) against Mexico’s Antonio Cervantes (19-6-5, 13 KOs).

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by newcastleking on 08-12-2011

he should fight angulo again and get smashed this time.

Comment by nycsmooth on 08-12-2011

Cintron should win as Smith will wait 10 rounds to counter and his punching isn't fast or hard...most notable bout smith is his grunting...

Comment by fastblack on 08-12-2011

Cintron fights are a cure for insomnia. Has there ever been a more boring tranparent bore in boxing that this unexciting Cintron dude?? he has no career.

Comment by kokingbill on 08-12-2011

Cintron has been done for years, probably since he left his original trainer. I remember them talking him up in the lead up to the Paul Williams fight that this was his big comeback after having more than a year…

Comment by mshap on 08-12-2011

worst break of Cintron's career was the bizarre and devasting injury against Williams -- Cintron was starting to come on in that fight and I think he would have won it -- a rematch with Williams should have been mandated

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