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ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights: Cornelius Bundrage vs. Joel Julio

by Thomas Jensen on Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights: Cornelius Bundrage vs. Joel JulioA brawl could be in the works between two top 30 Welterweight contenders on ESPN2's Wednesday night fights from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Reality TV star Cornelius ”K-9" Bundrage takes on Colombian Joel Julio in a 10 round Welterweight bout. BetUS.com has Joel Julio -220 odds to beat Cornelius Bundrage who is +170 in the bout.

Cornelius Bundrage, 26-2, 15 KO’s has been a very popular fighter since his worldwide exposure from the TV show “The Contender” and has a 3 fight winning streak heading into his fight with Joel Julio. Julio, 31-1, 29 KO’s, is riding a 4 fight winning streak and has looked impressive in recent bouts having stopped veteran Mauro Lucero, 42-11-1, 28 KO’s, in one round in his last outing less than 2 months ago.

Both of these guys are punchers so a knockout could be in the works. Bundrage is very short for a Welterweight at 5'6". He is heavily muscled and possesses right hand power but the 34 year old Bundrage’s boxing ability is a liability. He is a mechanical fighter who has bad defense along with a suspect chin. Having had only 2 amateur fights Corneluis Bundrage also has little ring generalship. It’s a real surprise that Cornelius has gone as far as he has in his career.



I think the end of Bundrage’s run will come crashing down against a young gun like the 22 year old Joel Julio. Julio can bomb with both hands and has been polishing his boxing skills under the tutelage of all-time great boxer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. At 5'10" Julio is much taller, far more technically sound and has faster hands than Bundrage.

The only way I see Bundrage winning is if Joel runs out of gas and becomes a stationary target for Bundrage to hit. Bundrage might try to clinch his way to survive the distance, but has little chance of winning this fight. Joel Julio is the house fighter for Main events and everything in this fight points in his direction for victory.
 
 Brad Marchetti Boxing Prediction: Joel Julio for 5 units
Joel Julio: -220
Cornelius Bundrage: +170

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