Bundrage vs. Spinks Results: K9 Doesn't Belong in Same Ring as Canelo Alvarez
Immediately following his dominating win against Cory Spinks, Cornelius Bundrage's name is already being thrown out there as a possible opponent for Canelo Alvarez. Despite how easily Bundrage beat Spinks, it doesn't mean he's ready to take on the WBC super welterweight champion.
The second showdown between Bundrage and Spinks was very much like the first with K9 knocking out Spinks, this time in the seventh round as opposed to the fifth in their last bout.
Bundrage scored an early knockdown in the first round and looked ready to take this fight from the beginning. But after a few careless rounds and a verbal butt-kicking from his trainer, Emanuel Steward, Bundrage got his act together and knocked Spinks down three times in the seventh to stop the fight.
Neither fighter displayed great accuracy with their punches, but Bundrage was able to out-throw and out-land Spinks in the power punching department.
In the grand scheme of things, this win doesn't show much. We already knew Bundrage was the better fighter after their last match. We learned nothing new this time around except that Bundrage might be worse than the last time these two fought after taking longer to achieve the same result.
Two relatively easy wins for Bundrage only prove that Spinks simply isn't that good, and it certainly doesn't prove that K9 can hang with Alvarez.
If he were to fight Alvarez, Bundrage would be looking at a totally different fight. While he was able to control the pace against the lesser fighter this time around, he might not be that lucky against Canelo. That's because the Mexican-born fighter can bring the heat to Bundrage.
Alvarez is an extremely aggressive fighter who doesn't move backwards very often. It remains to be seen how well Bundrage reacts to such an approach by his opponent and if he is even ready for the grueling pace set by the super welterweight champ.
Bundrage must also be concerned about his stamina.
Trying to knock out Alvarez would have a different result than trying to knock out Spinks, and if Bundrage were to get gassed in the process, it could spell the end of him in a potential bout with Canelo. He wouldn't have nearly the opportunity he did tonight when Bundrage was able to regain his energy to finish the job.
Bundrage must step up his game if he hopes to compete with Alvarez, and as it stands now, it doesn't look like he can.
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