Lem Satterfield

Bundrage-Berto on Nov. 24?


The promoter of ex-welterweight titleholder Andre Berto said that he is hopeful of challenging IBF junior middleweight beltholder Cornelius Bundrage on Nov. 24 at a venue to determined.

In May, Berto (28-1, 22 knockouts), a former IBF and WBC 147-pound titlewinner, tested positive for the banned substance norandrosterone, forcing the cancelation of a remacth against Victor Ortiz that was scheduled for June.

But in July,  Berto, 29, was granted a one-year license by the California State Athletic Commission to fight in the state after having tested negative for “anabolic steroids and masking agents.”

Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs), who is 39, is coming off June’s Showtime-televised seventh-round stoppage of Cory Spinks, whom he originally dethroned by fifth-round stoppage in August of 2010.

“I believe that he’s going to fight Cornelius Bundrage on Nov. 24,” said Lou DiBella. “That’s what I believe.”

According to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Berto is also among those being considered for a shot at WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs), who is coming off a controversial split decision in June that dethroned Manny Pacquiao as the WBO’s welterweight titleholder and ended his 15-bout winning streak.


The others are IBF junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson, junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov and WBC 147-pound beltholder Robert Guerrero, according to Arum.

Bundrage is also a target for Gabriel Rosado, winner by 10th-round knockout over Charles Whittaker in an IBF 154-pound eliminator bout on Sept. 21.


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Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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