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SMITH DEFEATS BUNDRAGE TO CAPTURE IBF JR. MIDDLEWEIGHT TILE; BECOMES FIRST MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS CHAMPION

By Ben Thompson | February 23, 2013
SMITH DEFEATS BUNDRAGE TO CAPTURE IBF JR. MIDDLEWEIGHT TILE; BECOMES FIRST MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS CHAMPION

Moments ago, at the Masonic Temple Theater in Detroit, Michigan, former Contender star Ishe Smith fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming the first Las Vegas-born world champion, defeating Cornelius Bundrage via split decision to capture the IBF jr. middleweight title. Things looked rocky from the onset, as Bundrage took the action right to Smith. By the middle rounds, however, Smith began to land his combinations on the tiring former champion. In the end, the judges scored the bout 116-111 (Smith), 114-113 (Bundrage), 116-111 (Smith), in favor of Smith. Relive the action in FightHype's round-by-round results.

ROUND 1
Bundrage comes out stakling behind his jab. Smith circes away. Jab to the body gets in for Bundrage. Right to the body lands for Bundrage. They trade some shots on the inside. Bundrage already looking to make it a rough fight. Bundrage just misses with a wild right hand. Smith gets in a right. Some roughhousing on the inside. Right hand lands upstairs for Bundrage. Round to Bundrage.

Bundrage 10 Smith 9

ROUND 2
They trade jabs. Jab to the body gets in for Smith. Left hook upstairs lands for Smith. Uppercut lands for Bundrage. They trade jabs. Right to the body lands for Bundrage. Smith falls to the canvas and Bundrage hits him while he's on the ground. The ref deducts a point for the shot. Bundrage lands some shots to the body on the inside. Looping overhand right lands for Bundrage. Right to the body lands for Bundrage. Round to Bundrage, but he loses a point for the late hit.

Bundrage 19 Smith 18

ROUND 3

Jab to the body lands for Smith. Bundrage lands his jab now. Jab to the body lands for Bundrage. Now Bundrage lands a couple of right hands to the body. They trade jabs. Overhand right lands for Bundrage. Jab lands for Smith. Bundrage backs him up with a 1-2. They trade jabs. Right and a left lands for Bundrage. Nice right lands for Smith. Left hook lands for Smith. Close round, but I still gotta give it to Bundrage.

Bundrage 29 Smith 27

ROUND 4

Double jab lands for Smith. They trade jabs. Smith doubles up on that jab again. Battle of the jabs so far in this round. More jabs land for Smith. They trade jabs. Again. Right to the body lands for Smith. Overhand right lands for Bundrage. 1-2 gets in for Smith. BIG right hand counter lands for Smith. Another right lands for Smith. Jab and a right lands for Smith. Bundrage gets in a right. Round to Smith.

Bundrage 38 Smith 37

ROUND 5
Bundrage comes forward and lands a jab. Right hand lands over the top for Bundrage. Smith lands a few jabs to the body. Both guys taking somewhat of a break right now. Jab lands for Smith. Right to the body lands for Smith. Jab lands for Bundrage. Smith catches him with a left hook. Round to Smith.

Bundrage 47 Smith 47

ROUND 6

Bundrage on his bike a ot right now...probably trying to preserve energy. Smith stalking. Jab lands for Bundrage. Nice right hand lands for Smith and Bundrage holds on. Leaping left hook lands for Smith. Right hand followed by a left hook lands for Smith. Right to the body lands for Smith. They trade jabs. Smith doubles up on his. Round to Smith.

Bundrage 56 Smith 57

ROUND 7
Double jab lands for Bundrage. Left hook lands for Smith. Another. Double jab lands for Bundrage. They trade jabs. Stiff jab lands for Smith. Bundrage lands a right. Bundrage circling on his bike. Smith lands a right. Right hand and a left hook lands for Smith. Left hand lands for Smith. Round to Smith.

Bundrage 65 Smith 67

ROUND 8

Right hand lands for Smith. They wrestle on the inside. Nice right hand lands for Smith. Bundrage lands a right to the body. Another. Smith connects with his jab. A few more jabs land for Smith. They trade right hands. Bundrage lands a few more rights on the inside. Looping overhand right lands for Bundrage. Another. Jab lands for Smith. Right and a left lands for Smith. Another right upstairs lands for Bundrage, and Smith gets in a right to the body. Close round, but I give it to Bundrage.

Bundrage 75 Smith 76

ROUND 9
Bundrage lands his jab. Smith catches him with a hard right. 1-2 lands for Bundrage now. They trade body shots. Right hand lands upstairs for Bundrage. 1-2 gets in for Smith. Right hand lands for Smith. Bundrage sneaks in another right. They trade on the inside. HARD 1-2 lands for Smith against the ropes. Both guys open up and trade shots. Bundrage lands a right that backs Smith up. They clinch to end the round. Close round, but I give this one to Smith.

Bundrage 84 Smith 86

ROUND 10

Counter left lands for Smith to start the round. Bundrage digs a hook to the body. Jab lands for Smith. Nice right to the body lands for Smith. Another counter left lands for Smith. Right hand lands for Smith. Bundrage looking tired. Right hand lands for Smith. Bundrage lands a jab. 1-2 to the body lands for Smith. Nice combination fronm Smith has Bundrage on the retreat. Left hook lands for Smith. Bundrage lands a chopping right. They trade rights. Round to Smith.

Bundrage 93 Smith 96

ROUND 11
Right hand and a left hook lands for Smith. Hard right hand lands for Bundrage. Another right hand lands for Bundrage. Smith holds on. Left hook lands for Smith. Right and a left lands for Bundrage. Another right gets in for Bundrage. HARD right hand lands for Smith. Bundrage looks hurt. Smith poors it on and lands a series of shots against the ropes. Bundrage survives and fires back. Round to Smith.

Bundrage 102 Smith 106

ROUND 12

Bundrage lands a right. They trade on the inside. Right hand lands for Smith. Another. Bundrage lands a shot to the back of Smith's head. Nice counter right lands for Smith. Right hand lands for Bundrage. Smith gets in a few jabs. Counter right lands for Smith. Another. Bundrage digs to the body. They trade some wild shots. Bundrage lands a wild shot. Round to Smith.

Bundrage 111 Smith 116

Official judges scorecards: 116-111 (Smith), 114-113 (Bundrage), 116-111 (Smith)

THE WINNER BY SPLIT DECISION...ISHE SMITH

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