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Bundrage vs. Smith

Smith defeats Bundrage by split decision

smith6(Photo credit: Casino/Showtime) DETROIT (Feb. 23, 2013) – Ishe Smith captured the IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship and became the first Las Vegas native to win a major world title when he scored a split decision victory over Cornelius “K9” Bundrage in the main event of a special edition of SHOWTIME BOXING at the Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit, Mich.

The fight was scored 116-111 Smith, 114-113 Bundrage and 116-111 Smith, who became the 48th ShoBox: The New Generation alum to win a world title.

In a fight that started slow and was tough to score in the early rounds, Smith (25-5, 11 KO’s) was the more active fighter and took over in the second half of the bout. With Bundrage backing up and mostly on the defensive, Smith moved forward and found success with his right hand. Continue reading

ShoBox Alums Bundrage & Smith In Tomorrow’s Main Event On SHOWTIME

Since its inception in July 2001, 47 fighters who’ve appeared on ShoBox: The New Generation have gone on to capture a world title.

One of them, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (32-4, 19 KO’s), of Detroit, will defend his IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship against fellow ShoBox alum, Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (24-5, 11 KO’s), of Las Vegas, tomorrow/Saturday, Feb. 23, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit.

Bundrage fought twice on ShoBox, and in his most recent start, on a Special Edition of the critically acclaimed series, he retained the 154-pound world title with a seventh-round knockout win over former titleholder Cory Spinks in a rematch on June 30, 2012. Continue reading

Photos: Mayweather, Bundrage, Smith, Love & Findley final press conference

005 Bundrage vs Smith IMG_0531DETROIT (Feb. 21, 2013) – Undefeated Eight-Time World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather joined Cornelius Bundrage, Ishe Smith, J’Leon Love and Derrick Findley on Thursday at the final press conference for Saturday’s SHOWTIME event from the Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit, Mich., which his company, Mayweather Promotions, will co-promote with Golden Boy Promotions.

In the main event, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Middleweight World Champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage will defend his title against challenger Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the SHOWTIME co-feature, undefeated middleweight contender J’Leon Love (14-0, 8 KO’s) of Detroit will risk his perfect record against veteran Derrick “Superman” Findley (20-8, 13 KO’s) of Gary, Ind. in a 10-round fight.

Mayweather, already the highest paid athlete in the world (Forbes, 2012), also discussed the groundbreaking contract he recently inked with Showtime Networks Inc. and its parent company, CBS Corporation. Continue reading

Cornelius Bundrage & Ishe Smith, J’Leon Love & Derrick Findley Final Workout Photos

BundrageSmithWorkout_HoganphotosDETROIT (Feb. 21, 2013) – Photos: Jeff Kowalsky – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions — IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage confidently barked at the press while challenger Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith assertively promised to be the first Las Vegas native to win a major world championship during the combatants’ final media workout on Wednesday at Bad Boy Gym in Royal Oak, Mich.

Bundrage (32-4, 18 KO’s), of Detroit, and Smith (24-5, 11 KO’s), of Las Vegas, were both supremely confident and eager to step in the ring for this Saturday’s world championship showdown from The Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Bundrage, who got his start in boxing at the famed Kronk Gym, the former home of legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and multiple world champions including Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, first won the IBF title in 2010 with a knockout victory over Cory Spinks and has since defended it in rematches with Sechew Powell and Spinks.

“He (Smith) came here to Detroit with nothing and he’s going to leave here with nothing,” Bundrage said. “I told Tommy Hearns he’s the greatest but I’m the latest. Somebody is going down Saturday night in Motown.” Continue reading

Prospects and local favorites to be featured on the Cornelius “K9” Bundrage vs. Ishe “Sugarshay” Smith undercard

1276DETROIT, February 20 – Detroit will be rocking this Saturday night, February 23 when the Masonic Temple Theatre hosts a stacked nine-fight card headlined by the SHOWTIME doubleheader featuring Cornelius “K9” Bundrage’s IBF Junior Middleweight World Title defense against Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith and unbeaten J’Leon Love’s battle against veteran Derrick “Superman” Findley.

But before the SHOWTIME telecast kicks-off, Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions will treat fight fans in the Motor City to an action-packed undercard that includes appearances by unbeaten rising stars Badou Jack and Luis Arias, 2012 United States Olympian Terrell Gausha and debuting former amateur standouts Steve Geffrard, D’Mitrius Ballard and Detroit’s own Joseph Bonas . Continue reading

Top fighters unable to pick Bundrage vs. Smith winner

NEW YORK (Feb. 15, 2013) – So who’s going to win the eagerly awaited IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship fight between defending champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (32-4, 19 KO’s) of Detroit and Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (24-5, 11 KO’s) of Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the main event live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit? Continue reading

Bundrage: Ishe Smith won’t be taking anything from me on February 23rd

Cornelius “K9” Bundrage, IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion

“When it was time to decide who I was going to fight, I went to Golden Boy [Promotions] and they presented me with several fighter names. They mentioned James Kirkland, Alfredo Angulo and Ishe Smith. It was special with Ishe because not only did they say I could fight him, but they said I could fight him in Detroit. That was an easy decision for me to make and now we are here. Continue reading