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Q&A: Cory Spinks

Photo: David Martin Warr/Don King Productions, Inc.

Former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks is fresh off of his unanimous decision win this past January over Sechew Powell. The bout was a IBF junior middleweight title eliminator setting up the stage for a rematch betweens Spinks and current IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K-9’ Bundrage on June 23rd, tentatively slated for a venue in south Florida. Since the announcement of the bout on Fightnews, the two have verbally sparring back and fourth swapping words. Continuing on with the trend, Spinks had a few more choice words in response to K-9, spoke on his new trainer, and expressed his loyalty to Don King.

In the past you have trained at the Don King Training Camp in Orwell, Ohio, where it is very private. Training there has produced career best peformances for you. The stakes are very high for you in this fight. Will you train there again for this fight?

Training at DK’s camp in Orwell is very special to me. My father trained there for some of his best wins including Alfredo Evangelista that is on Youtube. I always look at his picture on the wall there. I am now training for all my fights in Florida. I have been doing it the last year and I’m 2-0 training in Deerfield Beach. I am near my trainer, manager, and promoter in that order.

You have a new trainer in Anthony Hamm. After so many years with Kevin Cunningham how are the adjustments coming along?

Anthony is old school and makes me work harder than any other trainer ever has. I’m sitting down on punches more and we are working on some new things.

What are your thoughts on the recent comments made by Bundrage on Fightnews?

It makes me sick to see K-9, such a good Christian, say he’s got respect for DK and then lie on Don in the same interview. Bundrage, Joey Hernandez, and I all have been offered four fights in the last year-and-a-half. I have fought three and my fourth will be when I beat K-9. Joey is fighting his fourth April 14 and K-9 will be fighting his third on June 23. He would have fought four times too, if he wasn’t scared to fight Joey. How is that being offered one fight a year? You think I don’t know every fight in my division by my promoter? Can’t fool me. A lie can’t last forever and that’s a lie. K-9 is doing everything he can to try to get out of this fight cause he knows that no man can beat Cory Spinks twice. Not gonna happen. He also says he got my number, well he should know when I moved to Deerfield, Florida and I’ve changed my number and my training in that order! If he has my number why don’t he sign the contract and fight? After I beat him I will give Joey the shot he deserves and then clean up the whole division. Anybody who wants a shot just call DKP on June 24 after I’m champ again because I want to fight them all.

Do you expect Bundrage to be overconfident coming into this rematch after his success in your first fight?

I don’t know but I’m going to beat him and get my title back. In that order.

You commented on how you wanted to pay Bundrage back for bad comments he made about Don King Who promotes you both. What would you say has made your bond so tight with Don King over many years ?

Don has been good to me and my whole family. Leon, Michael, and I all have been treated more than fair by DK and he gives me good advice. He is more than my promoter. He is family. I hate what BS people who don’t really know him say. Don is the best promoter that ever lived!

In your last bout with Sechew Powell this past January you weighed in at about 151 pounds which is well beneath the 154 max weight limit and the lowest weight you have been in quite some time. Are you on any specific new diet now?

I didn’t try to come in light but I spent the last week in Missouri in the gym with Anthony and my dad pushing me every day. I trained harder than I ever have on fight week but it worked for me.

What would you say was the biggest factor contributing to your loss in your first fight with Bundgrage?

Poor training and eating acted up my crones. K9 won. I give him credit but that’s the past. No man has ever beaten me twice!

You were out of the ring about a year following the loss to Bundrage. What did you do during that time?

Training, training, sparring, and more training. Anthony Ham worked me like a dog for months before he let me fight but it’s all good cause I am in dog shape now. No excuses. I am ready!

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