Although reports have linked him to a proposed November 24 showdown with former welterweight champion Andre Berto, it appears the future is still uncertain for IBF jr. middleweight champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage. Just last week, Bundrage seemed like a lock to land the assignment, particularly when Berto's long-time promoter, Lou DiBella, specifically tabbed him as the next opponent. That, however, was before Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer conveniently revealed that he is now representing the Haitian-American star.
The news came as a surprise to most fans and media alike, but no one was more shocked than DiBella, who insisted that regardless of Schaefer's comments, he always has been and was assured he would continue to be Berto's promoter for the forseeable future. "Richard could keep talking and say whatever the fuck Richard wants to say. I'm not going to worry about what Richard Schaefer is saying. I've been Berto's promoter from the first moment that he turned pro. As far as I know, I'm Berto's promoter. I've been assured that I'm Berto's promoter. I've certainly been performing till this day as Berto's promoter," DiBella would bost to BoxingScene.com following last Saturday's HBO Boxing After Dark card. Fast forward to Tuesday, however, and DiBella was singing an entirely different tune, explaining that he had "reached an agreement" with Berto and his advisor, Al Haymon, to step aside and allow Golden Boy Promotions to promote his next bout.
So what does that have to do with Cornelius "K9" Bundrage? Well, at this point, it's unclear. As I previously stated, last week, all signs pointed to him defending his title against Berto. In fact, according to sources, that fight had essentially been agreed to by both sides, with the only thing left to be done is put pen to paper. With the latest developments regarding Golden Boy Promotions working with Berto, however, I cant help but wonder if plans have perhaps changed. At this point, Bundrage is still a free agent, with no trainer, no manager, and no promotional company. If the plan was to move forward with Berto vs. Bundrage on the November 24 date that Schaefer himself revealed he was holding for the bout, then Bundrage likely would have been signed with Golden Boy Promotions by now. According to Bundrage, however, his future is still up in the air. "I'm hearing a whole lot about different fighters but aint nothing done yet. To be continued it wont be long," he would post on his official Twitter page. My gut tells me that with the change in his promoters, Berto may have had a change of heart about the idea of making his 154-pound debut.
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