Dan Rafael of ESPN reports that due to "ongoing issues" with the Washington, DC, athletic commission, the rumored June 30 show at the Verizon Center in DC is off, but Golden Boy will be putting on a show that ight, which will air as a "special" ShoBox from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
The main event that night will be the IBF junior middleweight title rematch between Cornelius "K9" Bundrage and Cory Spinks, which was surprisingly bought by Golden Boy in a purse bid despite the fact that they promote neither man. Bundrage walloped Spinks in August 2010 to win the title, but has defended it just once since then, this year declaring himself a free agent and out of promoter Don King's lazy grasp.
King has had a strange stranglehold on the IBF junior middleweight scene for years now, but this could be the end of that if Bundrage retains and makes a deal with Golden Boy. The fight was originally reported to be bought for the Guerrero-Aydin card on July 28, but now that isn't going to happen, it appears.
Also on the card will be a 168-pound fight between contender and former "Contender" champion Sakio Bika (29-5-2, 20 KO) and Dyah Davis (21-2-1, 9 KO). Davis is coming off of a really disappointing fight with Alfonso Lopez on Friday Night Fights in January in what still may be the worst TV fight of the year, but there's no way that the hyperactive Bika will be the inactive wall of nothing that Lopez was, and Davis isn't usually near that boring, so that should be a decent fight.
The 33-year-old Bika has fought just once since his gritty November 2010 loss to Andre Ward in Oakland, beating a scrub in December.
Gary Russell Jr (19-0, 11 KO) will also be featured on the show. The original DC plan was rumored to be local fighters Russell, Seth Mitchell, and Anthony Peterson all fighting on the card.
All in all, it's a decent card. I don't know what's so "special" about this ShoBox, and considering you've got a world title main event, a hot prospect in another fight, and another fight between a couple decent contenders at 168, I don't even really understand why they can't just call this "Showtime Championship Boxing" yet let Gus Johnson stay home if he wants to, but then I am not a branding guy.