Calif. -- The desert heat all around Riverside County
was noticeable but the action was even hotter during the televised
SHOWTIME card at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, near
Palm Springs, California. The main event started out as an old
fashion junkyard scrap with plenty of clutching and missed roundhouses
but Cornelius Bundrage knocked down Corey Spinks four times for
the IBF win.
(32-4, 19 KOs) proved that his victory over Spinks (39-7, 11 KOs)
a year ago was not a fluke. The Kronk fighter from Detroit stunned
Spinks in the first round with a right-hand which set the tone.
It wasn’t all Bundrage as Spinks kept scoring with jabs
and combinations. In round four Bundrage took command after a
clinch and connected with multiple uppercuts.
the 6th and 7th rounds, Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward
berated Bundrage to step up his brawl with the junior middleweight.
Another of his corner men, Sugar Hill added some encouraging advice.
The extra coaching worked as Bundrage, 39, knocked down Spinks
three times in the seventh round for the TKO. Referee Ray Corona
ended the fight at 2:32 without a count.
seemed to get a second wind coming out for the seventh round.
“Even though he (Spinks) was taking control, I could see
his punches,” Bundrage said post fight. “I slowed
him down from all the knockdowns. I knew it was a matter of time.
I had to quit looping the punches and throw them straight. I had
to start breathing. I had to start listening to my corner.”
you get tired, you have to be smart. You got to fight, even when
you’re tired. I actually did better when I was tired than
when I was fresh, Bundrage added.”
expressed with enthusiasm and exclaimed for all to hear that he
wants a fight against Canelo Alvarez. “I want Canelo to
glove up. The dog is coming for you,” said the winner. Bundrage
retains the IBF title he took from Spinks last year in St. Louis.
Other winners on the Golden Boy promotion were Gary Russell Jr.,
Erislandy Lara and Antonio Orozco.
the weeks before the fight, Steward and Keith Lee, another coach
on the Kronk training team, turned up the temperature in the gym
so Bundrage could get used to the desert heat while he sparred.
Bundrage also gave high praise to his sparring partners for helping
him get ready. Those included Darrell Van Horn, Leandre Blue White,
Jacob Bonas and Erick DeLeon.
Still Showcasing for Famed Kronk Gym