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Bundu: Spence is More Difficult, More Dangerous Than Thurman!

By Luke Furman

Italian Olympian Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) is already gearing up for a planned IBF final welterweight eliminator with Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs), which is being targeted to headline a special Sunday edition of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. The date of the fight is August 21

The winner of the contest will become the mandatory challenger to current IBF world champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs), who is heading into a unification with WBO champion Jessie Vargas on a tentative date of September 3rd.

The fight is the biggest for Bundu since a twelve round decision loss to current WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman in December of 2014. Bundu has only fought twice since then, winning both.

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Several other contenders who are rated above Bundu rejected the opportunity to face Spence. At 41-years-old, Bundu cannot afford to turn the fight down.

"It's a great opportunity. At my age you can not say no, you have no other possibility. At twenty years old you sit back and think, wait around and see what happens in the near future. At 41 you have to take the risks," Bundu told Dario Torromeo.

"Thurman was tough, but this will be more than that. I was impressed by the way that he dominated Algieri. But now I have more experience with regard to the high-level challenges. The first time I went with in there with some doubt and that slowed me down. This time I want fight. There are no doubts about anything, I want to fight. Certainly he will not fight like Thurman. He likes to attack. It will be more dangerous, but it will also be a small advantage for me because I prefer to box at close range. "

"I am aware of the difficulty of the fight, I know that I will find myself in front of a champion, but I have enough experience to handle a situation like this. My left uppercut to the liver, at the middle or short distance, might be the punch capable of blowing everyone out of their chair. Let me be clear: I'm not saying that I'll go in there and get a knockout. I'd be a fool. The match is difficult, very difficult, dangerous."

"I feel good, I'm motivated and I have experience. I do not mind the age difference. For now I am training in Cisterna. In mid-July I'll be moving to Florence from Boncinelli. I'll need adequate sparring, sometimes we were a bit rushed, but this time we won't  be. We'll have to be more scientific. When I went to Las Vegas to face Thruman, I realized that he knew more about me than I knew about him. He knew how many shots I threw a round as I was moving, how long I needed to rest. He had thoroughly studied me. I was always limited when it came to watching videos. But now I think it's time to take a step forward. We need to study Spence thoroughly."

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FLY TY on 06-20-2016

[QUOTE=richardt;16800764]The problem I have is it is an absolute fact that he knew because it was announced on the other broadcast from PBC literally a couple hours later. He was embarrassed that it would be an unknown 41 year old.…

Comment by JQside on 06-20-2016

So Lamont Peterson was among those who ducked Spence? Which would have been a more meaningful fight. Funny part about this is what if Bundu beat Spence? Which is unlikely. That would mean Brook would have to face Bundu, who…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 06-20-2016

Bundu has a quality chin so this may go the distance. Spence is as hungry as I've seen a fighter in a long time so I expect him to get the job done.

Comment by richardt on 06-20-2016

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;16799603]I think he just didn't want to jump the gun because it isn't a done deal yet. Personally I blame the unprofessionalism of PBC. If you're going to make a "big announcement" and publicize it then you should have everything…

Comment by Oldschool5 on 06-20-2016

Think Spence makes quick work of this guy. Not sure many can handle him. Gonna be a serious player before too long.

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