Ishe Smith won his first world title last night, beating Cornelius Bundrage on Showtime, with J'Leon Love getting past Derrick Findley in the co-feature.
Ishe Smith, new IBF junior middleweight titlist
"Thirteen years, man. That's all I can say. It means everything. Five years ago I was about to kill myself and I thought about my children growing up without a dad and I didn't do it. I don't know what to say. I didn't think I'd be here. I'm so happy for the opportunity.
"I got hurt in camp and Floyd asked me if I wanted to pull out, but I knew I couldn't give up. This was my chance to become a world champion."
Cornelius "K9" Bundrage
"Ishe fought a good fight, he won fair and square. He was the better fighter tonight. Of course I'll fight again. I just need to take it to the next level like when I won the world title. I didn't listen to my trainer tonight or follow my game plan."
"Ishe is my guy. I love him. When everybody turned their back on Ishe, I stuck with him. Everyone turned their back on him and I don't believe in turning my back on anyone. Showtime gave him a chance and I have to thank K9 for giving him a chance, too."
"(Love-Findley) was rough fight. We chose Findley because he's a rough fighter, but when J'Leon faces a tough fight later on down the road, he'll be ready for that."
"It was a tough learning experience. Derrick Findley is a tough fighter, but we asked for Derrick Findley. We asked for a tough fighter. I'd rather have a tough fighter on my resume than some slouch.
"He was very, very aggressive. He gave me some close rounds. but keeping your composure and sticking to the game plan is what I learned."
"(Floyd) knows the experience and he knows what I'm going through so there's nobody better than that."
"I couldn't' see after (getting thumbed). He can't punch. If he could, I wouldn't have gone forward like I did, but no excuses, he's the better man tonight."