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Cory Spinks vs K9 Bundrage on June 12

corey spinksDon King Productions returns to the Gateway City of St. Louis on Saturday, June 12 to present a world championship fight card featuring hometown star Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks defending his International Boxing Federation title against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Cornelius "K9" Bundrage at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University. Tickets priced at $28, $50, $87, and $200 go on sale on Saturday (May 15) at 10 a.m. at MetroTix.com, the Chaifetz Arena Box Office, MetroTix outlets at select Schnucks and Macy’s stores, or charge by phone at (314) 534-1111. This will be the first world championship boxing match at Chaifetz Arena.

Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs), 33, is a five-time world champion who hails from the legendary fighting family of St. Louis that includes his father, Leon, and uncle, Michael—both former world heavyweight champions.

Cory will be fighting for the first time under new coach James “Buddy” McGirt, a former welterweight world champion before he became one of the top trainers in the sport..

Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs), from Detroit, is also trained by a legend, Boxing Hall of Fame member Emanuel Steward from the motor city’s famed Kronk Gym. Steward is also known for his television career as a boxing analyst for HBO.

In his last appearance, Spinks gave a gritty, crowd-pleasing performance when he took on rising young cross-town rival Deandre “The Bull” Latimore. The vacant IBF 154-pound crown was on the line when the southpaws met on April 24, 2009, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Latimore lived up to his nickname as he charged his former idol from the opening bell, winging power shots. Midway through the opening stanza, Latimore landed a heavy straight left hand that sent Spinks to the canvas. To his credit, the veteran rose to his feet and regained his composure.

By round eight the tide had turned in Spinks’s favor as the power-punching Latimore began to fade. Still, Spinks had to sweep the three judges’ scorecards in the 12th and final round to earn a split-decision win.

Spinks won his first world title by defeating Michele Piccirillo in 2003 to capture the IBF welterweight championship. He added the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association 147-pound titles by defeating Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga later that year.

After successfully defending his crowns in 2004 with a unanimous decision win over Zab “Super” Judah in a back-and-forth affair that saw both fighters hitting the canvas, Spinks agreed to a rematch with Judah the following year. It was held in front of sellout crowd of 22,370 in his hometown, which will be remembered as the second-largest attendance in boxing history for a match at an indoor arena. Judah scored a technical knockout in round nine to spoil Spinks’ homecoming.

After moving up to the 154-pound limit in 2006, Spinks became a world champion again by defeating Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin.

He took a one-time gamble the following year at 160 pounds by challenging then-World Boxing Council and -World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.

Taylor had trouble exerting his will over Spinks, who proved he could compete at the higher weight by darting in and out of range while successfully landing punches during exchanges. Ringside experts and judges also had difficulty agreeing on a winner after the fight went the full 12 rounds. In a rarity, one judge favored Spinks by the wide margin of 117-111, while another judge favored Taylor by the same score. The third judge favored Taylor 115-113 to break the deadlock.

Spinks lost the IBF junior middleweight title he still held by dropping a split decision to Verno Phillips in 2008. Phillips subsequently vacated the title, which left the door open for Spinks to step in and regain his belt when he faced Latimore last year.

Bundrage’s biggest win came in 2008 in a unanimous 10-round decision over former world champion Kassim Ouma. His hard work has made him the IBF’s top junior middleweight challenger. A win against Spinks would be the highlight of Bundrage’s career, earning him his first-ever world championship.

Another St. Louisan, undefeated cruiserweight contender Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (14-0, 4 KOs), will return to Chaifetz Arena to appear on this card. A collegiate football player at University of Missouri from 2001 to 2002, Coyne has made steady progress and maintained an unblemished record since turning professional in 2006.

He fought into the semi-finals during the fourth season of The Contender, televised on Versus, before suffering an accidental headbutt that forced him to leave the competition.

He trains out of the Sweat Pound 4 Pound Gym in Clayton, Mo., under the tutelage of trainer Jose Ponce. He recently added strength and conditioning expert Matt Brown, which has increased his power.


Press Conference Quotes from St. Louis

ST. LOUIS—Five-time world champion and current International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) made some bold statements at Wednesday’s press conference at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis announcing his title defense on June 12 against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs).

“My title is not leaving St. Louis,” Spinks declared. “I guarantee I will be undefeated for the rest of my career. When I get done with Bundrage, I’ll fight anyone: Floyd Mayweather, Manny Paquiao, Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams, Shane Mosley—you name it, I’m ready.”

Spinks has been training for the first time with noted trainer James “Buddy” McGirt in Vero Beach, Fla

“It’s been great being trained by future Hall of Famer Buddy McGirt. It was time for me to move on to a new trainer, and I’m very happy about it. You will see the best of the old Cory Spinks and the best of the new. I guarantee the boxing fans of St. Louis that I’m going to put on a spectacular show on June 12.”

McGirt also spoke at the press conference.

“I don’t have a lot of work to do with Cory,” the former welterweight world champion said. “He has lots of talent and my job is to remind him of that. His natural abilities are such that if he is performing at his best, he’s tough to beat. My goal is to get him to that top tier.”

Another Gateway City fighter, undefeated cruiserweight Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (14-0, 4 KOs), will also appear in a featured attraction.

“I love fighting in my hometown, especially with heroes of mine like Cory Spinks,” Coyne said. “I fought in the first boxing match at Chaifetz Arena, and now I’ll be fighting as part of the first world championship card at this arena. I look forward to showing everyone that I am a force to be reckoned with in the cruiserweight division.”

Tickets priced at $28, $50, $87, and $200 go on sale on Saturday (May 15) at 10 a.m. at MetroTix.com, the Chaifetz Arena Box Office, MetroTix outlets at select Schnucks and Macy’s stores, or charge by phone at (314) 534-1111. This will be the first world championship boxing match at Chaifetz Arena.

Raw Quotes

Cory Spinks: “My title is not leaving St. Louis. I guarantee I will be undefeated for the rest of my career. When I get done with Bundrage, I’m open to fighting anyone: Floyd Mayweather, Manny Paquiao, Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams, Shane Mosley—you name it, I’m ready.

“It’s been great being trained by future Hall of Famer Buddy McGirt. It was time for me to move on to a new trainer, and I’m very happy about it. You will see the best of the old Cory Spinks and the best of the new. I guarantee the boxing fans of St. Louis that I’m going to put on a spectacular show on June 12.

“I'm going to attack more. I'm going to beat him [Bundrage] up a little bit. You'll see a much meaner Cory Spinks. Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage has sniffed out the wrong guy. I’m a bomb and it’s going to explode on June 12.

“If I was into karate, I’d be a 50th degree black belt. I know how to box. I was born with this talent. This is what I do. My mom, dad and uncle gave this to me. I have god-given skills. When I’m done, I’ll pass my title on to Deandre Latimore. He’s a beast.”

Buddy McGirt: “I don’t have a lot of work to do with Cory. He has lots of talent and my job is to remind him of that. His natural abilities are such that if he is performing at his best, he’s tough to beat. My goal is to get him to that top tier.”

Ryan Coyne: “I love fighting in my hometown, especially with heroes of mine like Cory Spinks. I fought in the first boxing match at Chaifetz Arena, and now I’ll be fighting as part of the first world championship card at the arena. I look forward to showing everyone that I am a force to be reckoned with in the cruiserweight division.

“I was on the recent card where Devon Alexander defeated Juan Urango to become a unified world champion. I love that. I am all about St. Louis and being part of the fight scene here. I’m still undefeated and soon I am going to get the chance to prove I am worthy of being in my own world championship match.”

About Chaifetz Arena

Chaifetz Arena (TheChaifetzArena.com) is the new 10,600-seat arena on the campus of Saint Louis University. Opened in April 2008, the Global Spectrum-managed Chaifetz Arena is the home for Saint Louis University men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and is also host to concerts, family shows, trade shows, and other events.

Article posted on 14.05.2010



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