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Vanes: I want ‘K9’ for June 9, take the fight!

Phil Jay 06/04/2012

Undefeated light-middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan is hoping to lure IBF champion Cornelius Bundrage into a summer showdown as the ‘Nightmare’ looks to land a big fight promised to him by promoter Bob Arum.

The 25 year-old, who has amassed an impressive 32-0 record with 20 stoppages so far, is currently ranked highly by the WBC and is said to be on the verge of a match-up with James Kirkland for the chance to meet title holder Saul Alvarez.

Armenian-born Martirosyan, who is now based in California, has eyes for Bundrage’s red belt though on the Pacquiao v Bradley undercard, even as the former contender star is pencilled in to face mandatory challenger Cory Spinks on June 23rd.

“I would love to fight K9, it’s a fight I wanted for a while I think it a great fight for the fans,” Martirosyan explained to World Boxing News.

“June 9th is the date we are looking at and it would be amazing time to challenge for the title at the MGM Grand.

“Bob Arum promised me a big fight for my next fight and want this to be it. I really hope K9 steps up and fights me,” he added.

The fight may not be a case of Bundrage accepting the fight as the IBF would have to sanction any contest and ensure the winner faces Spinks, who has already signed his part of the contract to face the champion at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.