Cornelius Bundrage made it 2 for 2 over Cory Spinks with a 7th round TKO victory. (Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)
It wasn't as one-sided as last time, but the result was the same, with Cornelius Bundrage recording a another TKO victory over Cory Spinks. Bundrage dropped Spinks hard in the opening round with an over-hand right, though struggled through several messy rounds, before breaking through again in the seventh to record the stoppage.
Spinks had managed to work his way back into the fight after the early trip to the canvas, frustrating Bundrage by initiating a number of clinches, while scoring with his jab and the occasional left hand. Spinks also held his own in the frequent wrestling sessions, with Referee Ray Corona instructing the fighters to work their way out of the clinches, rather than constantly resetting the action.
Bundrage, who suffered a cut eye after a clash of heads in the third round, was on the receiving end of a few stern scoldings from Emanuel Steward in the corner, though kept it together, and secured the victory in the seventh round. Closing the distance with a couple of jabs, Bundrage sent Spinks crashing backward to the canvas along the ropes with a hard right hand. Spinks was up at nine, though never had his legs back. Another right hand sent him down shortly after, and after a frantic minute, that saw Spinks get drilled low, and slip down to the canvas twice, yet another knockdown saw Corona call a halt to the action. The time was 2:32.
After the bout, Bundrage expressed an interest in the September 15th date against Saul Alvarez. "We want Canelo." Bundrage told Showtime's Steve Farhood. "He's a fighter, I'm a fighter. Let's get it on."
For Spinks, this really should be the end of the line, though the former 147lb king said he would not be retiring.
Erislandy Lara won a unanimous decision by scores of 95-94, 98-91 and 99-90, over Freddy Hernandez in the opening bout of the telecast. Hernandez, though outclassed, was game throughout, pressing forward and pushing the pace of the fight despite cuts around both eyes.
The contest got a little heated at times, with several head clashes, including one that saw Lara deducted a point in the seventh round. The incident brought an angry response from Hernandez, who gestured a few times for Lara to stand and fight over the remainder of the round. Lara's strategy though was to counter from the perimeter, and he did it very well, scoring repeatedly with counters, including a number of hard straight lefts. The Cuban also mixed in some right hooks, along with some digs to the body, though was never able to floor Hernandez.
Hernandez did his best work to the body, landing some hard hooks around the elbow, but was generally too slow to nail Lara upstairs. His best session was the 3rd, and he also had Lara less eager to exchange in the 7th, but by the last couple rounds, was showing the wear and tear of the contest, and the final bell was likely a welcome sound for the underdog.
Gary Russell Jr. dropped Christoper Perez four times en route to a 3rd round TKO victory. Russell dropped Perez late in the second round, and three more times in the third, before Referee Pat Russell called a halt to the contest. Perez had his moments in the opening session, scoring with a couple good counters, but was clearly out of his depth against the speedy Russell.
The opening knockdown came after a quick combo, with a right hook sending Perez to the canvas. Russell dropped Perez again early in the third, with a left hand doing the damage. A combination from the quick handed southpaw had Perez on the canvas again. A quick 1-2 about 30 seconds later had him down again, and though Perez was up quickly, the fight was wisely called off. The time was 1:41.