CORNELIUS BUNDRAGE NO LONGER WORKING WITH EMANUEL STEWARD
By Doveed Linder
IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ďK-9Ē Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs) declares himself a promotional and a managerial free agent and expresses his desire to fight the big names at 154 pounds.
DL: Whatís the latest and greatest?
Cornelius Bundrage: The latest is Iím a free agent. I have no manager, no promoter.
DL: Emanuel Steward is no longer your manager?
CB: Not any more. Our contract has expired. I still love Kronk and I still have love for Emanuel Steward, but Iím a free agent now and itís time to see whatís out there.
DL: Iím looking at Boxrec right now. Theyíve got you ranked at number three in the junior middleweight division and number fifteen on the pound for pound list. Have you been getting any offers since your recent knockout of Cory Spinks?
CB: My phone has been ringing off the hook. Iím ďAmericaís Most WantedĒ. All the big promoters have been on my phone. Now that I donít have a manger, Iím sure all the big mangers will be calling me, too.
DL: Are you going to be back in the ring in 2012?
CB: Oh, yeah. I want to defend my belt at the Joe Louis Arena. Iíd like to do business with Miguel Cotto. He doesnít have a manger and a promoter. Iíve got a strap and Iíd like to give him an opportunity. All unifications lead to ďK-9Ē.
DL: Youíve been a champion for two years now.
CB: Thatís right. They say Iím an old man. Prove it! All the big promoters have already contacted me. Iím going to save all the details for my book thatís coming out. Itís called ďDonít Bark If You Canít BiteĒ.
DL: What is your assessment of your June 30th knockout over Cory Spinks?
CB: I knew Cory Spinks was going to bring his A game. I take my hat off to Cory Spinks for everything heís done in his career and everything his family has accomplished in boxing. I think he still has something left to give. I donít think heís washed up. Styles make fights and I was the better man. But I donít want to fight Cory Spinks no more. I donít want to fight Sechew Powell either. No more southpaws! Unless itís Manny Pacquiao or Sergio Martinez.
DL: Iím sure James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara, and Austin Trout would probably love to fight you. Theyíre all southpaws.
CB: Of course, of course. But what do they bring to the table? Iím the IBF champion. Iím not here to get them to the next step. I want Cotto and Mayweather. Iím 39 years old and Iím only 5í6Ē! Come and get it! They should be beating down my door to fight me! Put me in with the best, because Iím one of the best.
DL: Anything in closing?
CB: Iím a promotional and managerial free agent and I wanted to tell Boxingtalk first. Iím looking to sign with the Pistons, man. Tell Mark Cuban to give me a call. Through God, all things are possible. 2012 is going to be my year. Also, you can follow me on Twitter at k9boxing. The Dog is coming!
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