A special ShoBox triple-header card headlined by the IBF junior middleweight title rematch between Cornelius “K’9” Bundrage and Cory Spinks takes place live at 9 p.m. ET from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Also featured on the card is Erislandy Lara and Gary Russell Jr. Without further delay, let’s take a look at tonight’s predictions.
Bundrage: 153.4 lbs.
Spinks: 153.8 lbs
Prediction: After the one-sided beating Spinks received in his 2010 fight against Bundrage, many considered his career over. But the 34-year old Spinks rebounded, taking an easy fight against Shakir Ashanti in mid 2011 and bouncing back with a unanimous decision win over Sechew Powell in January. On the other hand, Bundrage has been even less active; the 39-year-old has only fought once since defeating Spinks, notching a June 2011 decision over Sechew Powell. That makes it it roughly a year since his last fight.
Spinks should be able to log a couple of rounds early as Bundrage will exhibit some ring rust. But Spinks’ legs aren’t what they used to be and Bundrage will start dominating the exchanges once Spinks becomes more stationary in the middle and late rounds. Spinks might see a decision, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Bundrage TKO7
Lara: 154.8 lbs.
Hernandez: 154.2 lbs
Erislandy Lara vs. Freddy Hernandez Prediction: Lara has been screaming in vain for weeks for his promoter Golden Boy to consider him for Canelo Alvarez’s tenuous September 15 pay-per-view. The cries have fallen on deaf ears, with reports coming out yesterday that Canelo had no interest in fighting him.
Freddy Hernandez is going to get the brunt of that frustration. He’s a scrappy fighter, as evident in his KO wins over DeMarcus Corley and Mike Anchondo, and a recent decision win over Luis Collazo. But to put it frankly, Lara is simply in another class. Andre Berto blasted Hernandez out in one round back at 147. The only reason Lara might not do the same is because of a statement made earlier this week where he complained that another quick knockout would make people even more wary to fight him. Still, if this goes five rounds I’d be surprised. Lara TKO3
Russell Jr.: 126.8 lbs.
Perez: 126.4 lbs
Gary Russell Jr. vs. Christopher Perez Prediction: Perez is a good test at this stage of Russell’s development.Perez has decent power (14 of his 23 wins by KO) and has never been stopped in his five-year career. Russell’s blinding hand speed will put on a marvelous display at times, but Perez should be sturdy enough to see the final bell. Russell UD10