IBF jr. middleweight champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage has enjoyed the last few months being a free agent. Bundrage successfully defended his title back in June against Cory Spinks in what marked the last fight for him under Don King Productions. Since then, Bundrage has had a complete makeover. It began with the move to become a free agent instead of resigning with King. Later, came news that Bundrage was leaving his manager and trainer, Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward. The champion was looking for a change of scenery and appears to be very close to making a decision on his future.
"I'm very close to signing with a new promoter, and the announcement will be coming shortly on my next fight. It should come no later than next week. I'm making sure I link up with the right promoter, link up with a new gym, link up with a new trainer, and link up with a new manager," stated Bundrage, who seemed giddy about the multiple opportunities in front of him. "I'm starting over, but not really because I'm already champ of the world. I'm America's most wanted."
Bundrage has had double digit offers from promotional companies, trainers, and managers since announcing his free agent status, but says he has narrowed down his choices and has to sit down and weigh the pros and cons of his finalists. "After a lot of conversations, I have narrowed my list down, and the ones left have all made me fantastic offers. It's going to be very difficult to choose, but I know God will help me. I am not going to wait too long to make a decision though. They've been calling me from the U.K. offering fights. I was even in negotiations for the Cotto fight," he continued. "Cotto's people liked the fact that I was a free agent. But in the end, I was told it was Cotto's final call, and he decided to go with Austin Trout. I'm pretty sure Trout took less money than I asked for. Either way, I'm going to be in a big fight very soon."