Ishe Smith of Las Vegas on Feb. 23 realized a lifelong dream of becoming a world champion when he won a major junior middleweight belt with a majority decision over Cornelius Bundrage in Detroit. Smith on Monday was honored by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for becoming the first Las Vegas-born world champion.
“In my wildest dreams I would have never thought I would see the day when Las Vegas, my city and my hometown, would recognize my work and efforts to make this city proud.” Smith said during the presentation. “I am humbled and extremely touched by the proclamation I received today. I would like to thank my fans and family for all of their unconditional love and support. I am cognizant that all of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of my trainers and the opportunities I’ve been afforded by the Mayweather Promotions family.”
Smith, 35, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
Smith, 25-5 with 11 knockouts, will make the first defense of his belt when he takes on Carlos Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs) of Chicago on Sept. 14 on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).