It has been one week since the Las Vegas born, Ishe Smith 25-5 (11) dethroned the 154-pound titlist, Cornelius Bundrage 32-5 (19), via split decision to garner the IBF strap. And all though a humbled Bundrage declared he lost fair and square the night of that fight, after letting everything soak in, and watching the fight tape, the thirty-nine year old former title holder has a different outtake on the fight. In this exclusive interview, K9 speaks out on his loss to Smith, his future, and more, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.
You have had time to let the fight settle in, so please give the fans your thoughts on losing your title to Ishe Smith.
I think the fight being that close of a fight, and myself fighting in my hometown and being the world champion, I could have gotten the decision. I think Floyd (Mayweather) being there, definitely had something to do with the decision. At first I thought that I did lose the fight, but when I went home and saw the fight, saw that I actually knocked Smith down, the referee did not call the knock down. Instead he took a point from me for hitting him while he was down, but, he went down from a body shot. So he can never really say that he has never been hurt, and he can never say that he has really never been knocked down. But, you know, you just get up and keep moving.
At thirty-nine years old, what is your next move. Do you feel you will get another shot at a title?
It is in God’s hands, I will take it one day at a time. I am looking to get back in the ring, sometime in June. It is not like I got the belt actually taken from me. When I fought Spinks, I went and took the belt, I did not get knocked out or anything like that. Hopkins is still fighting, I am a young thirty-nine years old. I just have to fight my fight, and be like a dog, all that boxing just isn’t me. I will have to fight my fight.
Looking at the fight itself, if you could go back and do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would put more pressure on him. I was pretty distracted, Floyd was out there saying stuff to my wife, I do not understand why the security or commission allowed that to happen. And then he was over in my corner saying something, he is a promoter, but he was acting like Puff Daddy, wanting to be in videos and stuff. I do not understand how he was able to do what he was doing in my corner. People are telling me that he was dancing around behind my wife, asking her to take a picture and stuff, how was all that stuff allowed? Especially in a world championship fight. There was a lot of stuff that was going on, that should not of been going on.
What would you say to the K9 supporters?
The first shall be last and the last shall be first. Nothing has changed, God does not let one door close without opening another one. I am focused, what makes you weak can make you strong. If I lose a fight, I bounce back with a bigger fight, i will bounce back even harder now. I might of overlooked Ishe, I didn’t look at him as a threat, I was looking at Floyd, that was who I really wanted to fight. Life goes on, just stay tuned. The best is yet to come, this loss could be a blessing in disguise. With them giving the belt to Smith, or Floyd buying it for him, maybe I can get a good fight now, before, they did not want to fight me.
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