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Bundrage outpoints Ouma; gives former champion third straight loss!

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (AP)—Cornelius Bundrage unanimously outpointed Kassim Ouma in a 10-round light middleweight bout Friday night.

Bundrage had winning scores of 96-93, 95-94 and 96-93 from the judges.

After three rounds of relative inactivity, save for a low-blow warning on Bundrage (28-3), the action intensified when Ouma (25-5-1-1), born in Uganda and living in West Palm Beach, Fla., opened up a large cut above Bundrage’s left eye with an inadvertent head butt. Ouma tried to work the cut but could not force a technical knockout.

Bundrage, from Detroit, took control of the fight in the seventh round with a big right hook and several more direct punches to Ouma’s face. Bundrage’s victory appeared in jeopardy after he received a point deduction for holding in the eighth round, but he continued to land big punches until the fight’s end.

Sources: AP, Yahoo


My two cents worth:

For K9 Bundrage, this marks the biggest win of his career to date. Coming off the KO loss to Joel Julio, Bundrage needed a signature win to keep him in contention. Coming off two straight losses, perhaps it was the former IBF Jr Middleweight Champion, Ouma, who needed to come out victorious even more so than his opponent. The loss puts Ouma's career in serious jeopardy, as he must now go back to the drawing board. Bundrage, on the other hand, may be able to capitalize on this win and get himself a big fight (by his standards) down the road in this 154lb wasteland division. The fight was televised live on ESPN Friday night fights.