Rumors of Cory Spinks’ demise have been greatly exaggerated.
After languishing on a one-fight-per-year schedule since 2007, the former welterweight champ and two-time junior middleweight titleholder kept his career afloat with a unanimous decision victory over Sechew Powell this past Saturday in Springfield, Mo.
The bout was an elimination fight ordered by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), which now sets up Spinks as the No. 1 contender for IBF 154-pound titleholder Cornelius Bundrage in a rematch of their 2010 contest, which Bundrage won via a fifth-round TKO.
Spinks said he would prefer more lucrative bouts with junior middleweight titleholders Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, but the 33-year-old veteran from St. Louis is grateful just to be back in a privileged situation.
“If I can’t get those and the Bundrage thing is on the table, then I have to go with it and take my title back,” Spinks (39-6, 11 knockouts) said while on vacation in Miami, Fla. “I’m not done yet. I’m here to take on anybody, but I want to get my just due in the sport.”
IBF championships chairman Lindsey Tucker said that Bundrage was informed today that Spinks is his mandatory challenger, which gives the Bundrage and Spinks camps 30 days to negotiate the rematch before a purse bid is ordered. Both Spinks and Bundrage are promoted by Don King Productions.
Spinks blames personal problems – which include a 2010 DUI arrest while in training to face Bundrage – for his inconsistent ring performances, but says no such issues are hindering him now. He added that he may speak with King as early as tomorrow to discuss his next fight, which he hopes is sooner rather than later.
When asked for comment regarding a recent article published by ESPN.com‘s Michael Woods, where Powell said he was the victim of a hometown decision, Spinks scoffed at the claims.
“If he felt it was a robbery, he could have told me man-to-man when I was talking to him after the fight,” Spinks said of the untelevised bout. “If there was any possibility that it was a robbery, the media would have heard of it. He’s the only one screaming it.
“Be fair, take your loss as a man and quit screaming this crap and trying to cause commotion.”
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