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15 NOVEMBER 2018

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Bundrage Eases Past Molina in Cancun

By Marc Livitz: Cornelius "K9" Bundrage fought his way to a comprehensive victory over Carlos Molina en route to regaining the IBF junior middleweight title at the Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Q.R. Mexico on Saturday night.


Each man went to the center of the ring once the opening bell sounded and took turns at exchanging their respective jabs. An overhand right from Bundrage caught Molina on the top of his head and nearly caused the Mexican fighter’s glove to touch the canvas. The fighters played a game of jab and counter punch with one another as the period wore on. With nearly thirty seconds to go, Bundrage landed a straight right to the chin of "King" and Molina found himself temporarily seated upon the mat. The Mexico cum Chicago fighter rose to his feet to finish the round.


Carlos came after Cornelius to begin the second and found his 41 year old opponent more than ready to counter him. The Detroit fighter utilized a snapping left jab and connected once more with a solid right to Molina’s head to end the second. Bundrage began firing his jab from waist level in period three and the chants for "K9" continued to be heard in the form of barking dog sounds from his corner whenever he landed a shot. He found himself the recipient of a short left hook from Molina near round’s end.


Carlos landed a pair of meaningful rights in the fourth, yet Cornelius continued to effectively gage the distance between the two by way of his quickness. The Mexican combatant connected with a left/right combination to end the round.


The action slowed just for a moment in the fifth, yet it was only briefly to be so as Bundrage controlled much of the stanza. His left jab and follow up right connected a number of times. Much of this continued in round six as "K9"’s jab once and again found its target upstairs. Molina would answer, yet not as often as he had done in the opening five rounds. The pressing rolled on in the seventh and Cornelius was content to wait, inspect and fire away. The strategy of letting Molina come to him was a successful one so far and his left hooks were the proof. He and Carlos engaged in a short slug fest with few noticeable connections to close the period.


Carlos Molina jabbed a bit more as the eighth was underway. With just under thirty seconds to go, referee Kenny Chevalier inexplicably stopped the action to deduct a point from Cornelius Bundrage for continuously extending his arm and holding down Molina’s head. About ten seconds later, "King’ Carlos popped a straight right to his opponent’s face.


Bundrage used the ring a lot more in round nine, perhaps to to regain his stamina. Still, he appeared to be having his way with Molina, who himself was throwing telegraphed punches which weren’t connecting to any great effect. He caught Cornelius a few times as his Michigan adversary maneuvered away from his shots.


Bundrage backed Molina into the ropes with a few uppercuts and body shots shortly into the tenth round. The action moved to a corner until Carlos wisely pushed down on Cornelius’s head. Throughout much of the fight as was the case with just two rounds left, referee Kenny Chevalier was far too involved in the bout and needlessly interfered at times. Nevertheless, a quick right from "K9" caught Molina flush on his jaw and caused the man from Patzcuaro, MX to backpedal. A soft right to the top of his head just moments later was all it took to send him face first to the canvas for the second knockdown of the fight. Carlos beat the count and tagged Bundrage with a few rights to close the tenth.


A left jab from Molina momentarily staggered his American foe shortly after the eleventh began. Each man appeared visibly gassed as the round ground to a halt. Bundrage continued with his quick lefts to Molina’s face and wisely tied up at times to milk the clock. The clicking of the wooden block to signal ten seconds left in round twelve summoned a last gasp of effort from each boxer. They flurried away until the bell sounded to end the contest which would now be left in the hands of the three ringside judges.


Their tallies were as follows: 116-109, 117-106 and 115-110 - all to the rightful winner who at first thought he had been robbed. Announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. announced (in Spanish, which Bundrage clearly does not speak), "y el nuevo campeon" (and the new champion), which initially brought a look of disbelief across K9’s face until he heard his name at the end of the sentence. With the win, Cornelius Bundrage captured the IBF light middleweight title from "King" Carlos Molina and improved his record to (34-5, 19 KO’s), while Molina’s fell to (22-6-2, 6 KO’s).


October 11, 2014

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