Cornelius “K9” Bundrage in The Doghouse (Interview): On Baysangurov, Mayweather, Pacquiao, Alvarez and so much more! By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 14, 2012) Doghouse Boxing - Tweet
Cornelius “K9” Bundrage - “I want to unify the titles, so glove up!”
It has been a
minute since the IBF light middleweight title holder Cornelius “K9”
Bundrage 31-4 (18) has gotten to throw any punches in the ring, and the
thirty-eight year old Detroit native is raring and ready to swap leather
with any other title holder in the division. In this exclusive
interview conducted by Doghouse Boxing, K9 sounds off with his candid
thoughts and opinions in the fight world. Read on to see what the champ
had to say about the Mayweather-Pacquiao circus, his division, Ring
Magazine, his promoter Don King and more, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: Well my brother, I know you have something to get off of your chest, so go ahead and speak your mind.
K9 Bundrage: I want to
start off by saying this is Doghouse Boxing, and the K9 is in the
Doghouse. And I see that Baysangurov I guess he is an alien from another
planet, well, he is barking so I have to bark back. He said that after
he fights his next fight he would love to fight me again because I beat
him before. He has a WBO belt and he said that he wants to fight me,
well tell him that K9 said to glove up. I just want to let him know that
I am not hard to fight, we need to get together anyways and unify these
belts, and at least somebody wants to unify them. All these other guys
who do not want to unify the belts, I mean if you do not want to fight
the best then you should go ahead and retire. A lot of these promoters
are not doing the best job that they can, it is ok to keep the money in
your house and fight your own fighters, but sometimes you have to fight
outside of your house. I visit other gyms, all though I have my very own
gym where I train. You have to see what is out there.
of promoters I have to ask this, what is going down with you and your
promoter Don King, you have been wanting fights and so far nothing, what
is going down with that?
K9: I have an
opportunity to fight, I got a contract this morning from yours truly Don
King, I have to look at it and see, hopefully the contract has Saul
Alvarez’s name on it, or Cotto’s name on it. I have not looked at it
yet, I was thinking it was some money but it is a contract.
know the whole Mayweather, Pacquiao debacle, Floyd wants to fight Manny
in May, Arum says no fight until June, in my opinion just a bunch of
bull, your thoughts?
K9: Let me tell
you something, if Floyd is going to do time in June, I do not think he
is going to fight Manny Pacquiao if he is going to jail in June. I am
not going to say that he would lose to Pacquiao, but what if he does
lose, that is not going to set well with him losing the fight and
sitting in jail at the same time. So I do not see that fight happening,
and the way Pacquiao has been looking, if he goes out there and fights
Marquez again, and lose the fight, that is going to cost Floyd a lot of
money. So Floyd is letting Pacquiao know that he is still here and I
believe he really wants to fight Pacquiao. You know if you want
something and you cannot get it, it makes you want it even more. Well,
Floyd wants the fight now but he cannot get it so it makes him want it
even more. I think Mayweather again Robert Guerrero; I think that fight
is more likely to happen than the Pacquiao fight. When I beat Corey
Spinks, I seen Floyd at the fight and I believe he and Don King was
trying to do business, I feel that if Spinks would have beaten me they
would have set that fight up for Spinks to fight Floyd. So when I spoke
to Floyd he acted like he did not know who I was, but I know that he
knows me, we have already spoken before. He is not going to fight Saul
Alvarez, he will fight a southpaw and it will not be Manny Pacquiao.
Bob Arum put Pacquiao in there with Floyd when he has to pay Floyd 60,
and Pacquiao and 60, that is 120 off the top. What promoter in the game
is going to pay two fighters 60 million dollars a piece up front? He can
go get Marquez and give Pacquiao 5 or 10 million and pay Marquez 2
million and say it is because he lost the last one, even though he
BH: Coming up the 28th of this month two of your last opponent will be facing each other as
Sechew Powell will be taking on Corey Spinks, your thoughts and
prediction for that match-up?
K9: Well, I
believe it is a toss up, you never know what is going to happen when two
southpaws fight each other. I think that Powell is over looking Spinks,
thinking that he can beat him, I just believe that Spinks has a lot
left and anything can happen in boxing. Powell beat me in our first
fight and when he fought again he thought he was going to beat me again,
but what happened, I won. I just beat both of them so I do not know how
they got in to the position that they did but it shows you how good God
is, all things are possible.
BH: If you are not able to get in with Baysangurov, who would you like to step in with next?
K9: I just want
to let him know that his people might talk to my people, which my people
is Don King and Don King might turn down the fight, I want them to know
that I have not turned no fights down. I am not scared to fight
anybody. I am very upset with Ring Magazine, Ring Magazine, well I
should call them Golden Boy, because how do you have your fighters
ranked higher than me and they don’t even have a belt? They are biased,
it is terrible, and it is a disgrace to boxing. When HBO showed the
world champions on the Lara-Williams fight, they showed the world
champions and top contenders, they did not have Erislandy Lara up there,
and they showed world champions and top contenders there. But when you
look at Ring Magazine, which Golden Boy owns, they have Lara rated
higher than me, how can he be rated higher than me and he lost to Paul
Williams? Regardless if they thought he beat Williams or not, he lost to
Williams, it is a loss on his record.
Anything in closing?
K9: I would like
to tell everybody Happy New Year, God is a wonderful God, keep God
first, I thank Him for Jesus, I thank Him for my family, and I thank Him
for my fans and haters too. The haters and the Christians keep me
going. I am happy, even though I fight once a year do not be sad for me
because I am happy. I am still living, I just got a contract and I can
feel it in my spirit that this is going to be a great year for team K9.
And tell the fight world; do not bark if you cannot bite. I am the most
underrated fighter of all time, have them do their homework. When I
fought against my opposition, who was the favorite? But I won, I am the
world champ but I am the most underrated fighter out there.