Lem Satterfield

K9 Bundrage: ‘Let the dog off the chain’ for Wolak


Top Rank Chariman Bob Arum has targeted junior middleweight contender Pawel Wolak for the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito rematch on Dec. 3 at Madision Square Garden in New York. IBF titleholder Cornelius Bundrage wants to be Wolak's dance partner.

"OOOOHHHHH!!! Down goes Wolak!!! Down goes Wolak!!! I've been hearing that Pawel Wolak wants a piece of 'The Dog,'" said Bundrage, whose ring nickname is "K9."

"People are saying that he is interested in a fight with me from what I've been hearing. I've been hearing that Pawel Wolak wants to fight me on Dec.3."

The 38-year-old Bundrage (31-4, 18 knockouts) was referring to Wolak's recent interview with RingTV.com, when he expressed the desire to meet Bundrage on the Cotto-Margarito PPV undercard.

"Cornelius Bundrage has been coming up as a possible name for me," said Wolak. "I think that coming back on the Cotto card is probably the best thing for me."

Bundrage was encouraged, to say the least.

"I was so happy and excited that I tried to call [his promoter] Don King and [his manager] Emanuel Steward, but I mis-dialed and wound up calling 911," said Bundrage. "When I finally talked to Emanuel, he basically said, 'Let's do it.' I'm the world champion, and I'm not mandatory to fight Pawel Wolak, but I think that I'd give him the opportunity."

Nicknamed "The Raging Bull," the 29-year-old Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) has an 8-0-1 unbeaten streak that includes five stoppages in his past nine fights.

The New Jersey-based Pole, known for his in-your-face style of fighting, is coming off of a majority draw against Dominican Republic-born Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KO) on July 15.

"It would be a good fight because he's one of those guys who is going to be right there, and he's a fan-pleaser. But I'm also a fan-pleaser, so I'm going to be right there with him," said Bundrage. "I think they're going to let the dog off the chain for this one, and I'm ready for it. I'm ready for this type of a fight."

Bundrage is coming off of last month's unanimous decision over Sechew Powell (26-3, 15 KOs) that avenged his first-round knockout loss from May of 2005.

Prior to facing Powell, Bundrage dethroned Cory Spinks for the belt, winning by fifth-round knockout in August of nearly a year ago.

Wolak's biggest career win was in March by sixth-round knockout over former WBA titlist Yuri Foreman, who had battled to a third-round no decision against Bundrage three fights earlier in June of 2009.

The Foreman-Bundrage bout was stopped after Foreman was cut by an accidental head butt. Bundrage trailed, 29-28, on two judges' cards, and, 30-27, on that of the third at the time the bout's end.

"Wolak beat Yuri Foreman, but I was the blueprint to beating Yuri Foreman," said Bundrage. "If you go back to that fight, I was getting ready to stop Yuri Foreman when he got cut."

Five months after facing Bundrage, Foreman dethroned Daniel Santos for the WBA title only to be dethroned by Cotto via ninth-round knockout in his next fight in June of 2010.

"If you go look at the fight where Cotto beat Yuri Foreman, it was the same way that I was about to beat Yuri Foreman," said Wolak. "So after I beat Wolak, I would want the fight with Miguel Cotto because I want to fight the top, top guys."

But what would a Cotto-Bundrage fight mean for Steward, who also trains Cotto?

"Manny already told me that he wouldn't stop me from eating," said Bundrage. "He told me that he would eat some popcorn, have a Coke and a smile and sit back and watch the fight."

Steward disagreed.

"It wouldn't be a Coke," said Steward. "It would be a Sprite or something else, because I don't drink caffeine."

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