Sunday, 01 July 2012 17:00

Canelo Alvarez Issued "K-9" Warning? Cornelius Bundrage makes convincing argument for bigger fights

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Despite the rumors of Carlos "El Indio" Quintana ultimately winning the big September 15th "Canelo Sweepstakes", current IBF Junior Middleweight Champ Cornelius "K 9" Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs) stated his case last night at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino in Indio, CA, for mainstream recognition and more meaningful bouts.

In the main event of the "ShoBox: Special Edition" tripleheader, Bundrage vs Spinks II, the defending IBF title holder knocked out former lineal Junior Middleweight Champ Cory Spinks (39-7, 11 KOs) once again. This time, "K-9" Bundrage dropped the "Spinks Jinx" four times en route to an explosive seventh round finish.

Although the Detroit based fighter closed the show in style, he had trouble dealing with the awkward southpaw challenger in various spotsthroughout the contest. In what initially seemed to be a continuation of Bundrage's title winning effort in 2010, the reigning champ cracked the 34 year old challenger with a hard right hand that floored him during the final minute of the first round.

Unfortunately for the 39 year old title holder, he couldn't immediately capitalize on the knock down and struggled with the St. Louis native during rounds two through six. Bundrage looked winded at times and seemed to be content with a slow paced bout which included the occasional explosion.

While Cory Spinks seemed to have the legs of a 44 year old fighter, he did have some mild success against Bundrage shooting the jab and following it up with the straight left hand. But the former two division champion couldn't use the entire ring effectively like the fighter who defeated Zab Judah almost a decade ago and appeared to be a much more accessible target throughout the entire match.

After several rounds that seemed to frustrate Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, "K-9" Bundrage finally landed another decapitating right hand that immediately floored Cory in the opening minute of the seventh round.

Despite beating the referee's count, Spinks was out on his feet this time and had difficulty defending himself against a very aggressive and eager champion.

Pictured: IBF Jr Middleweight Champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage, right, lands on Cory Spinks
Courtesy of Showtime


Upon flooring Spinks two more times during the final stanza, the third man in the ring mercifully called a halt to the bout and saved Cory Spinks from taking any additional punishment.

Even though "K-9" Bundrage closed the show with style, the aging veteran fighter seemed to be the victim of inactivity and looked sluggish at times.

Despite the awkward moments within the seven round title bout, "K-9" proved that he can be a very entertaining fighter and is worthy of more meaningful bouts within the packed 154 pound weight division.

The charismatic fighter was heard barking during the post fight interview with Showtime color commentator Steve Farhood.

"A fight with Canelo (Alvarez) and K-9 would be a great fight," stated Cornelius Bundrage.

Pictured: IBF Jr Middleweight Champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage shadowboxes during training Courtesy
Tom Casino Showtime


"I'm the IBF Champion and he's the WBC champion, let's do it. It would be an easy sell. I'm the Black Rocky. It would be Iron Man versus Canelo...let's get it on!!"

Even if Golden Boy Promotions decides to go with another opponent for Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on September 15th, the future indeed looks bright for the reigning IBF Junior Middleweight Champion. With a more active promoter in his corner, Cornelius "K-9" Bundrage should finally receive his just reward after a lifetime of service to the sport of boxing.

Video: Cornelius Bundrage vs Cory Spinks II - 7th and Final Round

James E. King III

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