Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage is not only delighted to be fighting in his home city of Detroit on February 23 but he also can’t wait to get his hands on Ishe Smith. The 39 year-old makes the third defence of his IBF light middleweight title against Smith and Bundrage feels in an explosive mood.
"I feel like a little Mike Tyson,” said Bundrage at the official press conference to announce the fight . “ I am coming to get it. When I was in the hood, I used to take from people. On February 23, he won’t be taking anything from me."
"I see him as a good opponent for me. I never look to fight bums. I always want to fight the best. I am a dog in that ring and trust me when I say I’m coming to bring it.
"I had to look up Ishe Smith and guess what, he has some flaws. I won’t really say much about that because I’m not that type of guy. The closer it gets to a fight, the less I talk and by fight week, I barely say a word.
Smith’s, career has been a little stop start over the years and he is stepping into the Lions Den but he is ready for the battle ahead
"I know I’m not the fan favorite in Detroit. One thing I’ve learned throughout my boxing career is that haters come with the territory. It’s something you deal with and keep on moving,” said Smith,. 24-5-(11). "When you box for a living, you have to get in there, fight and may the best man win. I’m a Christian that believes in free will. It’s my choice to make the most of the situation and do whatever I have to do. I believe and have faith that on February 23, I’ll leave the ring victorious.
Smith also announced that he will use the fight to try and raise money for those effected by the tragic and needless shootings in Newton, Connecticutt recently
"I’m also doing something special for the [families affected by the] Newtown, Conn” trgedy, added Smith. I have two kids, a son and a daughter, that I was taking to school the morning of that awful incident.
"When I first heard about the shooting, I thought it was another high school situation. Then I heard about those poor little kids. It broke my heart and I started crying just thinking about if those were my kids. So we are making t-shirts for this fight and are going to sell them to honor those kids. All of the money is going to be given to a charity supporting the families and the town."
January 31, 2013