Dog Eat Dog: K9 Stops Spinks

By Robert Ecksel on June 30, 2012
Dog Eat Dog: K9 Stops Spinks
Those who like their boxing eloquent had no choice but to look away (The Desert Sun)

Boxing is called the sweet science. But in a fight that was neither sweet nor scientific, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage successfully…

“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.”—Confucius

Boxing is called the sweet science. But in a fight that was neither sweet nor scientific, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs) successfully defended his IBF junior middleweight title by stopping Cory Spinks (39-7, 11 KOs) at 2:32 of round seven.

The main event of a ShoBox tripleheader from Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, this was one of those bouts that if one didn’t love boxing going in, you’d love it even less going out.

Bundrage and Spinks fought two years ago to much the same end. Results are bottom line what it’s all about. But how one goes about achieving those results has to count for something, even in these diminished times.

Spinks’ constant mauling and grabbing was painful to behold, as was the troubling lack of skill on display. Those who like their boxing eloquent had no choice but to look away.

Hats off to Bundrage, however, for showing heart and doing what he had to do to get the win. But that this was a title fight is some sort of joke in search of a punch line.

In undercard action, Gary Russell Jr. (20-0, 12 KOs) demolished overmatched Christopher Perez (23-3, 14 KOs) with a TKO3. It’s time for him to step it up.

Also on the broadcast, Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs) was extended the 10-round distance, but busted up Freddy Hernandez (30-3-1, 20 KOs) real good. The final scores were 95-94, 98-91 and 99-90 for Lara.

The former Cuban amateur champion had been mentioned as a possible opponent for Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 15. But he’s too good, too tough, too disciplined for Canelo. That fight won’t happen any time soon, especially if tonight’s matchmaking was any indication.

K9 on the other hand looks like a natural.

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  1. NYIrish 12:20pm, 07/01/2012

    I agree Lara and Alvarez probably won’t meet any time soon. But the Cuban amateur champion being too good for Alvarez I don’t agree with. There is a history of amateur standouts that did not shine as brightly in the pro ranks. Canelo has been fighting professionally since he was fifteen. He’s an old pro in a 21 year old body. Amateur and professional boxing are two different sports in many respects. Controlling the pace is important in the pros. Lara may very well give Alvarez some bad moments in the begining. Alvarez will be banging to the body from the start. After four or five rounds of that the amateur champions discipline will start to flounder. The redhead will be inside the Cubans shirt whipping double left hooks and short right uppercuts. I’ll go for Alvarez. The Cuban is good. He will force Alvarez to stop him.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 10:50am, 07/01/2012

    Memo to the promo team in Lodz: We’re not talking screwing in light bulbs here, so here goes…you bring in the out of towners for your guys to beat the hell out of them, not the other way round. The night is not supposed to end with RJJ calling for his title shot!

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat saijo 10:33am, 07/01/2012

    Robert Ecksel-“But that this was a title fight was some sort of a joke in search of a punch line”.....great line, I think I’ll steal it…...the same could be said of life in general.

  4. The Thresher 05:21am, 07/01/2012

    I left after the sixth round and went to bed. I could not watch another minute of Spinks grabbing and holding and listening to Farhood trying to make it sound exciting. This was just plain awful.

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