Making his first appearance in a year and a half, former two-time IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage (35-6, 20 KOs) dispatched journeyman Sergio Gomez (20-21, 16 KOs) in the 2nd round last Saturday night at the Ford Community Center in Dearborn, Michigan. The 43-year-old Bundrage knocked Gomez down three times in the fight.
Two of the knockdowns came in round one from body shots. The final knockdown was a right hand to the head in round two that put the 31-year-old Gomez down for the 10 count. Referee Gerald White halted the fight officially at 2:00 of the 2nd round. Bundrage showed good boxing skills as always. He didn’t need to do much to get Gomez out of there, because this was a mismatch from the word go.
It was nice to see Bundrage getting a good win, as he was blown out completely in his last fight against Jermall Charlo in September 2015. Bundrage was no match for the younger Charlo, who knocked him down four times in the fight in the process of stopping him in the 3rd round.
Bundrage was lucky to even make it to the third round, because Charlo had him down in the 1st and 2nd rounds. It was a total slaughter. The loss for Bundrage ended up reign as the IBF 154lb champion, which he had held since beating Carlos Molina in 2014.
Bundrage said this to Fight News about his win over Gomez:
“On paper, this was not a hard fight. But I’m coming off a loss. This was a hard fight,” said Bundrage.
The results of the fight don’t mean much, as there tougher fights out there in the junior middleweight division for Bundrage than Gomez. With the Charlo brothers and Erislandy Lara occupying the top sports at 154 at the moment, Bundrage has little options in terms of him winning another title. He can go after the WBO 154lb title once Saul Canelo Alvarez vacates the belt, but he would likely need to face Demetrius Andrade, as he’s poised to take that belt. Bundrage is not ra ked in the World Boxing Organization’s top 15 at the moment. That’s not good for him, because it means he’s got little chance of getting a title shot anytime soon for that belt.