Underdog Bundrage defeats Molina to regain world title

12/10/2014 08:22

Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) dethroned IBF light middleweight champion Carlos Molina (22-6-2, 6 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Oasis Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

41-year-old Bundrage scored two knockdowns en route to regaining the IBF belt by scores of 117-106, 116-109 and 115-110 in an upset win.

Bundrage initially won the belt from Cory Spinks by fifth-round knockout in 2010 and made two successful defences before he lost it to Ishe Smith by majority decision in February 2013. Smith then lost the title to Molina on a split decision in his first defence in September 2013.

The American got off to a strong start, dropping Molina with a right hand in round one. Bundrage was busier than the Mexican in the most rounds. He caught Molina with several solid, overhand rights and also landed to the body.

 In round eight, Bundrage staggered Molina with a right hand, but had a point deducted for holding behind the head. Bundrage then hurt Molina again at the end of the round. 

Molina upped the pace in round nine and Bundrage looked gassed after the round. Bundrage, however, landed some big shots in round ten and dropped Molina for the second time and sealed the points victory.