Victor Salazar catches up with junior middleweight contender Jermall Charlo to discuss his upcoming mandatory title clash with IBF champion Cornelius 'K9' Bundrage.
MASHANTUCKET, CT - Super welterweight world champion Cornelius "K-9" Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) defends against undefeated rising star Jermall Charlo (21-0, 16 KOs) on an action-packed edition of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Saturday, September 12 live from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
"It's a blessing to be the junior middleweight world champion," said Bundrage. "I want to thank my entire team for making this fight happen. I'm looking forward to my debut on PBC and successfully defending my second world title. Detroit is where the title is at, it's not going anywhere. I will be ready to give my supporters all around the world a great performance, in victory."
For Charlo this is a long-awaited title shot. He and his brother, Jermell, are both top prospects in the 154-pound division.
"This is my time, I've never been more ready for a fight," said Charlo. "I've dreamed about a fight like this for a long time and it's here in front of me. I will be spectacular and I will finish Cornelius Bundrage."
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $150, $85 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and www.foxwoods.com or by visiting the Foxwoods' Box Office. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
"For 23 years, Foxwoods has been the East Coast capital for the best in entertainment and sports, especially boxing, where we have been privileged to host hundreds of fights featuring the best fighters in the world," said Felix Rappaport, President and CEO Foxwoods Resort Casino. "On September 12, continuing in that rich tradition, The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods will be honored to work with the best in the business, Lou DiBella and Premier Boxing Champions series, as they present a nationally televised afternoon of championship boxing live coast-to-coast on NBC."
Bundrage's career has skyrocketed in recent years since a world title winning performance in 2010 over Cory Spinks. The Detroit-native went on defend the title against Sechew Powell and Spinks. He would lose the title in 2013 but quickly earned another shot against Carlos Molina, who he would defeat by unanimous decision to become a two-time world champion. He defends against the very hungry Charlo on September 12.
Highly regarded and undefeated,the 24-year-old Charlois primed for his first world title opportunity. He remained undefeated in 2014 with dominant victories over Hector Munoz, Norberto Gonzalez and Lenny Bottai and started 2015 by shutting out Michael Finney in March. Fighting out of Houston, Charlo will no doubt look to be impressive in his first PBC opportunity.