Cornelius “K9” Bundrage successfully defended his IBF light middleweight title on June 30, knocking out Cory Spinks during the seventh round of their encounter at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
With the win, Bundrage wants a big-name opponent for his next fight, and he currently has his sights set on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“I want Canelo because he comes to fight,” Bundrage said during an interview with David Kassel. “I’m 39 years old, and I’m tired of chasing these guys in the ring. I’m getting rusty fighting once a year, and you know the cost of oil now. This ain’t about the money. I’m a champion calling out champions…Now that I’m a free agent, Golden Boy said they were interested again and that’s why they bid on the IBF purse for my fight with Cory Spinks. I don’t believe in voodoo, but look at how many other fights have fallen through. It seems like it’s going to happen with me and Canelo.”
Bundrage’s performance against Spinks wasn’t pretty in any way, but he did manage to pull off his second straight TKO victory against the former IBF light middleweight champion. There were some rumors about Bundrage getting a crack at Alvarez prior to his June 30 bout, but other fighters like Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout are also in the mix.
I wouldn’t mind watching Canelo Alvarez dealing with K9’s awkward style, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to secure the matchup. For one, Alvarez will be accused of ducking the likes of Lara and Trout if he ends up settling for the older Bundrage.
Still, Bundrage feels he’s the best available opponent for Alvarez, and he promises to make it an entertaining fight.
“I paid my dues more – in the jr. middle division – than any other fighter,” Bundrage added. “My name is ringing harder than ever right now, especially after Saturday night. I have millions of fans. If you put on The Contender Season 2, and me being the champ of the world now, I have millions of fans worldwide. I am a crowd-pleasing champion. It would be a good fight because I don’t come just for a payday.”
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.