By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com sat down with newly crowned IBF junior welterweight champion Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith shortly after his victory over Cornelius "K9" Bundrage. As one can imagine Smith was ecstatic to finally win a world title.
"I feel good. I came into the fight with a sore rib but I wasn't going to pull out of this fight for nothing. It is just hard work man. Hard work and dedication. It is just surreal. I don't even know what to say," said Smith.
The fight was rough from the beginning. Bundrage landed several rabbit punches and was deducted a point for hitting Smith while he had a knee on the canvas. The 34-year-old said that he wasn't surprised by K9's rough house tactics after watching tape on his Contender alumni.
"I don't usually watch tape but today I pulled up my iphone and pulled up youtube and watched his fight versus Stevie Forbes and saw how dirty he was. I made a point to point it out to the referee with the way he was hitting me to the back of the head. It is tender back there and I want to be able to watch my kids go to college and not be all messed up," Smith revealed.
Smith made history by becoming the first native Las Vegan to win a world title and attributes his success to all of the time he put into the gym. He plans on having company soon as fellow Las Vegan Diego Magdaleno will challenge Rocky Martinez for his 130 pound WBO title on April 6th in Macau.
"It is just hard work man. Coming from Vegas and being able to do this after all these years just means the world to me. We got another guy, Diego (Magdaleno) coming up next so watch out. I am going to be pulling for him," Smith told Boxingscene.com.
He finished our conversation by saying that he plans on defending his title in front of his hometown fans and that he wants to give Carlos Molina, who like Smith has received his fair share of dubious decisions, a shot at his title.
"Yeah definitely. I meant what I said, I want to give Carlos Molina a shot. I am going to tell Leonard (Ellerbe) to reach out to his team and see if we can make the fight. I definitely am going to defend this title in front of the hometown fans. Diego go out there and take care of your business. You are next. I am going to be supporting you. I gotta go out to the gym and watch you one of these days," stated Smith.
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