|K-9 upsets Ouma
By Ken Hissner (March 30, 2008) Doghouse Boxing
At the Seneca Allegheny Casino & Hotel, Salamanca, New York Friday night a packed house was treated to a very good undercard and foul filled main event. Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage, Detroit, Michigan, 28-3 (16), had an upper body like Sylvester Stallone during Rocky and a style like Ricky Hatton against Kostya Tszyu in gaining the decision over former IBF light middleweight champion Kassim Ouma, of Uganda and Florida, in a foul filled light middleweight 10 rounder.
From the start Ouma could not get into the flow of things with Bundrage jabbing and grabbing him. Referee Steve Smoger who seemed at times uninterested in breaking the fighters, allowing Bundrage’s tactics throughout the bout. If Jay Nady was the third man in that ring last night you would have seen a different fight.
The officials Julie Lederman (you remember the decision she gave Mora over Manfredo), and Don Ackerman had it 96-93 and Ed Scunzio 95-94 all for Bundrage. If Floyd “Money” Mayweather who was in studio for this show needs a tag partner for his wresting act, then Bundrage is his man.
It is obvious Ouma, 25-5-1 (15), has seen better days and Bundrage is not the same fighter he was on the Contender but the fans deserved better than this. They pleaded with Smoger to do something and he didn’t.
The semi eight rounder found Philadelphia’s Mike Jones, 13-0 (12), finally not put in soft even though his opponent was a 38 year old on a two fight losing streak in Germaine Sanders, 27-6 (17), Chicago, Illinois, in a welterweight match-up.
This was an interesting fight with Sanders doing more than trying to survive from being victim 13 on Jones knockout streak. Jones showed flaws and was not satisfied with his own performance but except for a left hook by Sanders that caught Jones late in the 6th that shook him, there was no doubt who the winner was. All officials had it 78-74.
Two undercard fights worth mentioning were the opener with top amateur boxer Edwin Rodriguez, 3-0 (2), Worcester, Massachusetts super middleweight who shut out his opponent James North, 8-20-2 (3), of Weston, West Virginia.
Another outstanding amateur Darnell Jiles, Jr., 8-0-1 (3), Rochester, New York, did just enough to earn the decision over Philadelphia’s Hank Lundy, 10-0-1 (6) in a four round light welterweight battle but the judges ruled it a draw, 38-38. Jiles, with much more amateur experience, and style, always knew the dangerous switch hitting Lundy was in the fight. Lundy came on in the last two rounds to make it as close as it was.
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