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Trainer: Charlo Too Young, Too Good For K9 Bundrage

By Keith Idec

Cornelius Bundrage is 17 years older than Jermall Charlo.

The Detroit native made his pro debut when Charlo was just 5 years old, 20 years ago next week. Those unfavorable numbers aren’t the only reasons Ronnie Shields is certain Charlo, the undefeated fighter he trains, will win their 12-round fight Saturday for Bundrage’s IBF junior middleweight championship (NBC; 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT).

“K-9 is a really good fighter,” Shields told BoxingScene.com, referring to Bundrage’s nickname. “You can’t take anything away from him. To become a two-time champion, you have to know how to fight. So we know what’s in front of us. But we just feel that Jermall is younger, he’s got such good skills – the kid can punch with both hands – and we just feel that he’s going to be too much for K-9.”

Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs, 1 NC) and Houston’s Jermall Charlo (21-0, 16 KOs) were scheduled to fight July 18 in El Paso, Texas, but Bundrage sustained a deep cut over his left eye in sparring, which caused nearly a two-month postponement. The 42-year-old Bundrage hasn’t fought in nearly 11 months, either, not since he travelled to Cancun, Mexico last Oct. 11 and out-pointed Mexican-born Chicago resident Carlos Molina (22-6-2, 6 KOs) to regain the IBF title he lost a year-and-a-half earlier to Ishe Smith (27-7, 12 KOs).

“He is 42 years old, but I don’t know if age is going to be much of a factor in this fight,” Shields said. “I think it’s going to be the skills of Jermall Charlo that are going to be too much for K-9. He has fought some good guys in his career, but I don’t think he has ever faced somebody like Jermall Charlo, a guy who has a great jab and a guy who can really hit you and hurt you with one punch. K-9 hasn’t faced many guys like that before. And the ones that he did face, he lost to them.”

The Bundrage-Charlo clash will be part of a three-fight “PBC On NBC” telecast Saturday from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Former WBO middleweight champ Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs), of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Australia’s Michael Zerafa (17-1, 9 KOs) are scheduled to box in the 10-round, super-middleweight main event.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BOXEO _ on 09-10-2015

Charlo needs to make a statement with this title fight. He needs to go for the KO.

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