SHOWTIME BUYS BUNDRAGE-SPINKS II
Press Release: After nearly two long years, former two-division champion Cory Spinks will get the chance to even the score with IBF 154-pound title holder Cornelius "K9" Bundrage, as the two will meet on a special Saturday night edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on June 30th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. In their first fight on August 7, 2010, Bundrage stunned Spinks in front of his hometown fans in St. Louis, seizing the IBF 154-pound title with a fifth-round technical knockout victory. Tickets can be purchased at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Bundrage (31-4, 18 KO's) didn't have an easy road on his way to the top, but with determination, an aggressive style and fight-ending power, he earned championship gold. A former star of NBC's hit boxing reality show 'The Contender,' the Detroit native holds wins over reigning WBO title holder Zauerbek Baysangurov, Chris Smith, Kassim Ouma and Grady Brewer to earn a title shot in 2010. Bundrage also avenged an earlier loss by beating Sechew Powell in 2011.
St. Louis' former world welterweight champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KO's) is a slick boxer who possesses an impressive defensive game. A member of one of boxing's first families, along with his father Leon and uncle Michael, Spinks joined them among the roll call of world champions in 2003 when he defeated Michele Piccirillo for the IBF Welterweight World Title. Spinks defended his belt three times before losing it to Zab Judah in their 2005 rematch, but by 2006 he was a champion again, beating Roman Karmazin for the IBF belt.
After losing and regaining the belt in 2008 and 2009 respectively, Spinks lost his title to Bundrage in August of 2010, but after back-to-back wins on the comeback trail, the 34-year-old has his sights set on capturing a world championship yet again.
A full lineup of undercard fights will be announced shortly.