In a rematch to their amazing 22-second fight in 2005, which Bundrage lost, both intended on trading heavy blows from the off.
The champion ultimately looked the classier fighter. He took a unanimous decision victory to retain his title in his maiden defense.
The scores read 119-109, 117-111, and 115-113 as ‘K9’ kept his title in a tough battle.
Powell looked in trouble in the fourth round as both men loaded up on their punches but launched a comeback towards the later stages of the round to give Bundrage as good as he got.
With Bundrage just having that little bit more experience, it ultimately told in the later rounds, with the Detroit fighter seemingly taking the last four rounds to clinch his victory and improve to 31-4.
CORNELIUS BUNDRAGE RIVAL
On the undercard, former Bundrage victim Cory Spinks, 33, got back to winning ways with a dominant win over journeyman Shakir Ashanti. ‘The Next Generation’ took every round of the ten with far more advanced skills than the ten-loss 42-year-old and gained his victory with a shut-out on all three cards.
The Missouri southpaw took his record to 38-6 and will hope to get back in the title mix and gain a possible rematch with Bundrage.
Spinks has only won half of his fights since 2005, though, and will have to stay more active if he wants to challenge for a version of the world title again in the future.