Smith outpoints Bundrage for IBF junior middleweight title
Ishe Smith outpointed Cornelius Bundrage via split decision to lift the IBF junior middleweight title on Saturday in the beltholder’s hometown Detroit. Smith, a 14-year veteran and the first Las Vegas native to win a major title, won by scores of 116-111 (twice).
Bundrage (24-6, 11 knockouts) was awarded a 114-113 tally on one scorecard but the 39-year-old Detroit native was unable to impose his physcial style and big right hand on the more complete 34-year-old challenger.
Smith (33-4, 19 KOs) was overcome with emotion after being announced the winner following the Showtime-televised title fight.
In the co-featured bout to the Championship Boxing broadcast, middleweight prospect J’Leon Love remained unbeaten with a one-sided unanimous decision over aggressive late-sub Derrick Findley. Most observers saw a close fight, one that could gone either way, but the judges favored the stick-and-move style of Love (15-0, 8 KOs), a Detroit native, who won by tallies of 100-90 and 99-91 (twice).
Findley, a substitute for injured veteran Branco McKart, fell to 20-9 (13 KOs) with the loss.
A full ringside report by Corey Erdman will be posted shortly.