Newly crowned IBF super-welterweight Champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage has offered retired former six-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya the chance to challenge for his eleventh world title.
Bundrage [30-4-0] claimed the title with a surprise knockout victory over Cory Spinks in August and wants to capitalize on his new fight-pulling power as he knows time is not on his side at 37 years of age.
“This would be a great comeback fight for him. It is a chance for him to go out on top, and who is better than to go out against a champion?” Bundrage told World Boxing News.
“Oscar loves boxing, and he loves the spotlight,” he continued. “I’m not sure if he has been training, but I think he will come back to face the K-9.
“Many guys are challenging me now, but they are in my rearview mirror. I am looking through the front window and see the one guy who I look up to and admire, and he is Oscar De La Hoya.”
Bundrage continued, “I fight for Don King, and it is time for Don King and Golden Boy to do some business. I would love to fight the winner of Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez, but right now, I am focusing on Oscar.”
K9 Bundrage vs De La Hoya
De La Hoya has been officially retired since April 2009 but hasn’t climbed into the ring for a bout since retiring after eight rounds against Manny Pacquiao in December 2008.
“The Golden Boy” is still involved in the fight game as promoter alongside Bernard Hopkins, who himself is due to challenge for the WBC Light-Heavyweight Title against Jean Pascal in December at the age of 45.
De La Hoya is still eight years younger than Hopkins and may find the pull of a world title shot too much to turn down.