March 2nd, 2012
By: Tommy Dangerously
Today, we had the pleasure of meeting with Tracey Gilliam, who is the man behind the Champ, business partner and co-promoter of K-9 promotions. He’s here to give us fans a much better picture of the 154 Jr. Middleweght division. The Motor City and the IBF 154 Champion of the World, Cornelius K-9 Bundrage. Listen to this astute business mind as it’s being put down by one of the best.
TD: Tracey, It’s an honor I’ve heard nothing but great things, it’s a pleasure really.
TG: No, it’s my pleasure..
TD: Now, Tracey I am somewhat familiar with Detroit and the culture so to speak but for anyone who has never been to Detroit, help give the listeners a taste of how folks over there represent?
TG: Motown the “D!” The Motor City (Where all the cars are made) the murder capitol rated #1.
TD: Whao! They’re with the business over there.
TD: Now, K-9 Cornelius Bundrage is actually the 1st Champion from Detroit in 26 years. Since Thomas the Hitman Hearns correct?
TG: Correct and also the kids love having the fact that our Champ is a humble down to earth man who will take the time out with them mainly volentarily.
TD: Thats whats up.
TD: The 154 Jr. Middle or Super Welter division is very colorful but the bigtime matches aren’t being made from a fan standpoint, can you explain why?
TG: Well one things for sure is that, Golden Boy pairs it’s fights with only Golden Boy fighters. In other words a guy like Shane Mosley can lose every fight and get a title shot his next time out! Talks with a Unification is likely out of the question K-9 hit’s too hard and they don’t want to take chances outside of they’re click.
TD: Good stuff.
TD: Okay now you as the buisness partner/ co-promoter Emanuel Steward as the trainer and Don King whose an Icon in boxing to say the least it appears K-9 is well surrounded with a great foundation.
TG: I’m not only his business partner but his co-promoter as well I do what Richard Shaffer does for Golden Boy but here, “Oscar owns Golden Boy Promotions and K-9 owns K-9 promotions”. And Emanuel Steward & Don King are both hall of fame trainer/promoter what can I say, I’m happy to be a part, And the center of it all is Christ.
TD: One thing K-9 shares in common with Sergio Martinez is age. K-9 is 38 years young and Sergio is 37 that would be a great match up and Unification as well. What is the biggest stumbling block on your side of the map?
TG: 38 years young is exactly correct!! That young man don’t, smoke don’t drink, don’t hang out late chasing loud wild women he’s focused at all time he is a good family man and loves the Lord. Sergio will have to endure K-9’s power and it will take a toll on him I’m sure of it. He ain’t never been in a Detroit street fight sure he out boxed Ronald Hearns but K-9 will be a Hagler/Hearns if he’s game enough to bring war!!
TG: Wow, you paint a really good picture Tracey I can’t wait.
TD: Shane Mosley is also up there in age a bit he has a fight coming up this May 5th versus Canelo Alverez, what is your prediction and how to you see it laying out in your head?
TG: Shane Mosley is being passed around Golden Boy like a joint…Would you like a hit of Shane? Tell me who will pass that up? If you get passed his one hit wonder it’s a wrap!
TD: The boxing community has been venomously focused on Floyd and Manny jamming up the air waves in just about every since! So much infact that the other many vicious characters/stars aren’t being celebrated as much if at all. Do you feel the same way?
TG: Sure that will be a great competition the folks have been starved and know one of caliber can get a chance to shine so that the media have the public feeling thats the only fight left, So Floyd is having a field day with it!
TD: I’ll second that Tracey.
TD: What can we expect from team Bundrage in the near future?
TG: We plan to have a very active year we are networking and stepping up the Champs’ public appearance more for the 2012. We want to fight at least 3 times this year. Oh and you know with Don King they better not try to feed us peanuts! Or make popcorn offers!
TD: Yeah nobody wants to make money more than Don he speaks the truth!
TD: Well thanks a lot Tracey, you are a gentleman and we all thank you from Realcombatmedia.com
TG: Not a problem..
Spoken like a true businessman if you ask me, you may not agree with every word he said, but you better respect it cause it’s coming straight from the top the man himself – Tracey Gilliam. Now as for his fighter/business partner Cornelius K-9 Bundrage 34 – 4 (18) Kos and a current reigning Champion at 154 in one of the most dangerous divisions in today’s sport. K9 is ready to do battle and Unification is what they seek. His blue collar Cinderella-esque journey to boxing supremacy all started in 06’ “The Contender” series with the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Sylvester Stallone winning the bronze with a devastating (KO) of Noberto Bravo.
K-9 has fought his way to the top and won over the Motor City where he’s a hero and loving father and deep faith in the Lord. The 1st champion in 26 years is no joke and the hard hitter with a body of a Greek god is looking to stalk his next foe carefully. He is prime for a big payday and that is high on the totem pole with names like Sergio Maravilla Martinez, Saul Canelo Alverez, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. We at Realcombatmedia.com wish him all the best, until next time boxing fanatics this is Tommy Dangerously signing off…
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