Bundrage dismisses Rhodes challenge

Phil Jay 22/11/2011

Former world light-middleweight title challenger Ryan Rhodes’ declaration that he is targeting a bout with IBF belt holder Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage has been met with a clear response by the American champion, who isn’t going to wait for the Briton to position himself for a shot.

The 38 year-old is currently awaiting a shortlist for his next defence of the title and has exclusively revealed to WBN that Rhodes, 35, will not be in line for a shot after he makes an eight-round comeback at the weekend in Rotherham.

“Time is all we got and Rhodes don’t have no time,” Bundrage preached to World Boxing News.

“Don’t’ waste it trying to take my belt as it won’t happen and that’s all you got.”

Sheffield’s Rhodes will fight Siarhei Khomitski at the Magna Centre on Saturday in his first bout since losing to Saul Alvarez in the twelfth and final round in Mexico and can ill afford another loss at this stage of his career.

Former Contender Series star Bundrage has made just one defence of his belt since dethroning Cory Spinks in August 2010 and is expected to announce his second in the coming weeks after chasing the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao unsuccessfully.