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Ishe Smith wins by split decision

Updated: February 26, 2013, 9:13 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Ishe Smith beat Cornelius Bundrage by split decision on Saturday night to claim the IBF 154-pound title.

Smith (25-5) won his first world title at 34, patiently counterpunching the champion through 12 sometimes dull rounds. The veteran managed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. wept with joy after becoming the first Las Vegas-born fighter to win a major belt.

Bundrage (32-5) was more aggressive in the early rounds, but tired. Smith staggered and cut Bundrage in the ninth ...

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