After delays, cancellations and the collapse of Cory Spinks professional relationship with trainer Kevin Cunningham, Spinks will finally meet Cornelius Bundrage on June 12 in St. Louis.
Spinks (37-5, 11 KO) told KSDK in St. Louis that he plans to attack more in this fight, promising a "new" style of fighting. Honestly, Spinks has been more aggressive in both of his last two fights, a highly debatable 2008 loss to Verno Phillips and last year's win over Deandre Latimore.
Bundrage (29-4, 17 KO) has been all kinds of topsy-turvy since 2007. If you start with his loss to Joel Julio, you have Bundrage coming back with an easy win, then beating Kassim Ouma and losing a close, terrible fight to Grady Brewer. The Brewer loss seemed to have "K9" set at nothing more than gatekeeper, but he upset Zaurbek Baysangurov in December 2008, one month to the day after the Brewer fight. His last bout was a no-contest against Yuri Foreman last year, stopped due to an unintentional headbutt from Bundrage that left Foreman unable to continue.
Spinks says that his trainer-trainee relationship with Cunningham "wasn't working," but you probably recall that the story centered on Cunningham blowing his top (as he sometimes does) when Spinks showed up to train woefully out of shape. He looks fit and ready to go now, and is training under Buddy McGirt.
Cory also offered this quote, which I'm sure will spread around some:
"People think I just stand outside and box but if I was in karate I'd be a 50th degree black belt," he said. "I can fight any way, any time."
And of course, Don King had plenty to say: