After losing to Grady Brewer in the finale of the second season of “The Contender,” Cornelius “K9” Bundrage has done pretty well for himself, securing the IBF light-middleweight title with his fifth round TKO of Cory Spinks in 2010.
Bundrage successfully defended his belt for the first time against Sechew Powell last year, and he’s set to make his second title defense against Spinks on June 30.
Spinks won his last two fights to secure his rematch against Cornelius Bundrage. And he seems eager to reclaim his belt when he squares up against Bundrage at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. However, Bundrage has plans of his own and he doesn’t seem overly concerned about Spinks.
“Cory Spinks is going to use all the excuses in the world like he had cramps and this and that. Women get cramps at the end of the month,” Bundrage said during an interview with The Boxing Lab. “He can say whatever he wants to say. He had three training camps to get ready for that fight. It was postponed so many times. Excuses are like butt holes, everyone has one.”
At 39, Bundrage hopes to secure a few big-name fights before his boxing career comes to an end, and he’s setting his goals pretty high. Bundrage would like get a shot at either rising Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Miguel Cotto, but he’s willing to lower his expectations if the price is right.
Erislandy Lara has already indicated his desire to face Bundrage, and he seems like a logical opponent for K9, if things go well against Spinks.
“I have been hearing a lot of news of me fighting bigger [name] fighters,” Bundrage added. “I would rather fight the Cotto’s and Canelo’s. But if the fight [against Lara] is what the fans want and the funds are right then we can do it.”
I’m not sure the Canelo’s and Cotto’s of the world would be interested in facing K9, but I do like the idea of a fight against Lara. Both have decent power, and there is a potential for fireworks.
Ryan Burton, “K9: Lara is No Threat, I Don’t Mind Taking Him Out”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.