ISHE "Sugar Shay" SMITH
29 (12 KO) - 9 - 0
Las Vegas, NV
Proud Las Vegas, Nevada native Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith is a junior middleweight fighter who carries the burden of boxing excellence on his back having grown up in the boxing mecca of the world. A talented counter-puncher with first-rate defensive skills, Smith’s professional career began on July 29, 2000 by way of TKO against Jose Meraz in round three of four. In addition, Smith competed on the first season of popular reality TV show “The Contender” in 2004 and fought 13 more opponents racking up a 23-5 record before he would get his opportunity at distinction.
Smith would get his chance when he defeated Conrnelius Bundrage in the IBF Light Middleweight title fight on February 23, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. “No one can ever take the history we made away, you can rewrite a lot of things, but you cannot rewrite history, we made history on that night in February. I became the first native of Las Vegas to win a world boxing championship,” Smith exclaimed.
In addition, Smith also enjoys giving back to the community and has avidly worked on continuing his charity work over the years—a commitment that earned him his own city-wide day of service. On the same day he became world champion, he was advised on behalf of the City of Las Vegas that February 23rd would officially be named “Ishe ‘Sugar Shay’ Smith Day”.