By Francisco Salazar
Former junior middleweight world titleholder Cornelius Bundrage will return to the ring Saturday night, co-trainer Jay Hernandez told BoxingScene.com Thursday morning.
The six round bout will take place at the Ford Community Center in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.
It will be Bundrage’s first fight since losing the IBF 154-pound title to Jermall Charlo in September of 2015.
Bundrage (34-6, 10 KOs) won the title in his previous fight in October of 2014, outboxing Carlos Molina en route to a 12 round unanimous decision win.
Saturday night will mark the first time in almost four years the 43-year-old Bundrage will fight in his hometown of Detroit.
According to Hernandez, Bundrage is shaking off the ring-rust Saturday and is penciled to return to the ring next month, again in the Detroit area.
Gomez (20-20, 16 KOs) last fought on September 23, losing a six round unanimous decision to unbeaten Nestor Bravo. The fight with Bravo was fought at 135 pounds, so Gomez will move up at least two-three weight classes to fight Bundrage.
Also fighting on the Jaafar Promotions card will be unbeaten welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov. The Kazakh fighter will face Elvin Perez in a six round bout.
Eyubov (11-0, 10 KOs), who lives in Brooklyn but trains in Detroit, won a 10 round split decision over Karim Mayfield in his last bout on August 19.
Perez (28-16-4, 19 KOs), who hails from Nicaragua, has lost five of his last six bouts.
Promoter Dmitriy Salita is optimistic the hard-hitting Eyubov will fight again later this month.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing