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July 09, 2013

By Doveed Linder

In this interview, former IBF junior middleweight title holder Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (32-5, 19 KOs) expresses his desire to fight Miguel Cotto. Bundrage also talks about how his relationship with thge late Emanuel Steward may have blocked a Cotto fight in the past, as well as his current search for a new trainer.

Doveed Linder: What’s the latest?

Cornelius Bundrage: K-9 Promotions is ready to do business with Miguel Cotto Promotions. Miguel Cotto reached out to me. Cotto agreed to the fight, but I’m getting word that other names are being mentioned. Showtime doesn’t want the fight, so let’s take it to HBO. HBO likes K-9. I impressed the people at HBO when I knocked out Zaurbek Baysangurov [for the WBO title]. I knocked him out in the fifth round and he hasn’t lost a fight since. This is the fight that my fans are constantly telling me they want to see. Cotto vs. K-9 is [another] Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward. That’s what it would be. Send me a contract and let’s do it. If Cotto wants to come back, K-9 is who he has to go through. I’m a proven champion.

DL: Don’t you think it’s ironic that Miguel Cotto will be training with Freddie Roach for his next fight?

CB: That means it’s even better. Freddie Roach is an offensive trainer, so it will be a combat type of fight. Warrior vs warrior. Freddie Roach made Manny Pacquiao an offensive fighter. So this will make our fight an all action fight.

DL: Right before Manny Pacquiao fought Miguel Cotto, I read that Roach predicted that Cotto was going to quit. Did you know that?

CB: Oh, wow… No, I didn’t. But that shows you the kind of guy Cotto is. One thing about Miguel Cotto is he has heart. He’s been in with the best. That’s why we should fight. We’re the same height, we both can crack… We never fought before because Emanuel Steward was training him while he was managing me. I think that’s why we haven’t fought yet. But now, we need to fight.

DL: I saw a picture on your Facebook page that showed you, Cotto, and Emanuel Steward together.

CB: Exactly, exactly… And he had his eye on me then. He was paying attention to me, because he knew we were going to fight some day.

DL: Did Emanuel Steward ever tell you how he thought a fight between you and Cotto would go?

CB: To be honest with you, he told me I would beat Cotto. He probably told Cotto to stay away from me. He probably said, “This guy can fight, man. You don’t need to fight him.” Once Cotto left him, Emanuel wanted me to fight him. You would be surprised what Emanuel told me. He told me a lot of things. But he said these things thinking he would be in my corner. He knew that I trusted him and he trusted me. We beat Cory Spinks together. [After Steward passed away,] I didn’t perform the same against Ishe Smith as I did in those fights. I had his nephew in my corner, but it wasn’t a good combination. The recipe was gone.

DL: Who’s training you now?

CB: I’m looking for a new trainer. We’re looking for an aggressive trainer. We need an aggressive trainer so we can beat Miguel Cotto. Tell Cotto to send the contract and let’s glove up! He’s had me on the radar. He offered me the fight right before Austin Trout. They were going to make me an offer, but they fought Austin Trout. I don’t understand why Showtime wouldn’t want the fight. When I fought Cory Spinks, there was over 480,000 people who watched the fight. They just replayed it a couple weeks ago. They keep showing it. But I know HBO won’t turn it down. Let’s make it happen. The dog is coming!

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