By Ryan Burton & Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that ESPN's scheduled doubleheader for March 26 is off. The show was going to feature one of the bigger doubleheaders to appear on the network in some time. In the main event, Cory Spinks was going to defend his IBF junior middleweight title against mandatory Cornelius Bundrage, and cruiserweights Steve Cunningham and Matt Godfrey were going to battle in the co-feature for the vacant IBF title.
From what BoxingScene was told, the ever lovable, and huggable, Doug Loughrey, the boxing program director for ESPN, had set a deadline of March 12 to finalize the terms for the show. Don King booked the event at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, and the veteran promoter believed that everything had been agreed upon with the network. Very unexpectedly, Loughrey sent a list of contract revisions earlier this week, which came after the very deadline he set, and the show fell apart when a contractual dispute broke out between both sides.The doubleheader will be rescheduled to a later date.
Editor's Note: ESPN sent the following statement on the situation:
In line with our commitment to air quality boxing content, we had interest in airing the fights. Unfortunately, we couldn’t come to an agreement acceptable to both sides. We will continue to look for opportunities to acquire fights that serve our boxing fans.
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