K9 Parts Ways With Steward: Targets Cotto on Dec. 1

By Ryan Burton

IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage advised that his managerial contract with Manny Steward has expired and that he is now both a managerial and promotional free agent.  His promotional contract with Don King ended earlier this year.

"I don't have any hard feelings or anything like that with my former manager Manny Steward.  I kind of feel like how LeBron James felt when he became a free agent.  He had a choice where he could stay with Cleveland or go to Miami and he went to Miami and became a world champion.  My new manager will have it easy.  He doesn't have to make me a champion.  I am already a world champion.  He just has to get me the big fights.  He will be in a good situation," Bundrage explained.

The former Contender series participant said that he plans on being a more active fighter and will return to the ring before the year is over.  Inactivity has plagued Bundrage over the past few years. He knocked out Cory Spinks on June 30th in his only appearance in the ring this year.  At the top of Bundrage's wish list is Miguel Cotto.
"We haven't had a world champion from the Kronk Gym fight in the city (Detroit) in 27 years.  Since Marvin Hagler.  I definitely plan on fighting again this year.  I look forward to fighting before the end of the year and I want to fight at Joe Louis Arena before the year is out.

"I would love to fight Cotto.  He is a free agent just like me so a fight between him and me shouldn't be hard to make.  I know he has a date to fight at Madison Square Garden in New York but he can come fight me here for my belt," Bundrage stated.

K9 finished our conversation with a message for prospective managers and promoters.

"I am a champion fighter and I am looking for a champion manager and promoter.  They can reach out to me @K9Boxing on Twitter and we can start the conversation there.  Stick to BoxingScene baby.  The Dog is coming.  You ain't seen nothing yet!"

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ELPERRO on 08-17-2012

[QUOTE=ricky1978;12431441]well put, the only problem is that I don't see K9 winning any of those fighters that you just mentioned....[/QUOTE] I don't see him winning any of those fights either but that's the only way. His age doesn't help either.

Comment by Fix on 08-17-2012

I heard an interview with K9 saying he was shocked that Steward was using strong language (like f*ck) in the corner during his last fight. He said he's not accustomed to that type of language anymore after moving out of…

Comment by 4Corners on 08-17-2012

Could easily see Cotto-Bundrage on December 1st, with Alvarez hopefully fighting someone like Kirkland at least on December 8th. Than, if Alvarez and Cotto win, they fight in May/June 2013 in a big unification fight.

Comment by tredh on 08-17-2012

[quote=jtcs1981;12431568]I dont think he will get the same following from fans here for fighting K9. He sells out MSG, but he gets so many of his fans from here to go there and K9 does not attract that same amount…

Comment by jtcs1981 on 08-17-2012

[QUOTE=tredh;12431467]That fight sells in NYC. Cotto can fight damn near anyone and it would sellout MSG in NY "EASY" IMO[/QUOTE] I dont think he will get the same following from fans here for fighting K9. He sells out MSG, but…

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