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Miguel Cotto's return: Cornelius "K9" Bundrage possible next foe

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With Canelo Alvarez facing Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto may return in September against former junior middleweight titlist Cornelius "K9" Bundrage.

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With the big news of Canelo Alvarez signing to fight Floyd Mayweather for what will be boxing's biggest pay-per-view event for 2013, Miguel Cotto has found himself without a dance partner for his September comeback. Initially it was thought there was a strong possibility the Puerto Rican superstar would square off with Canelo in a major pay-per-view event on September 14. Naturally, that has been scrapped, and Cotto must now find someone to share the ring with in late September.

Boxing Scene is reporting that former IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage is in the lead for the opportunity to face Cotto on September 28 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

From Boxing Scene:

Sources close to the situation have advised BoxingScene.com that with Wednesday's news, the former Contender series star (Bundrage) is now the frontrunner to face Cotto.

If you recall, Bundrage looked pretty ordinary in dropping his title to Ishe Smith in February. Clearly, if this does come to fruition, this is being setup as a "Get Well" fight for Miguel. It's been standard for him to take a lighter fight after suffering a loss and, given the high quality of opposition he has faced throughout his career, I can't really blame him. One would have to figure the Canelo fight will still be there for him in the future, regardless of whether Canelo wins or loses to Mayweather.