Joel Julio Stops Bundrage in 8th round TKO!

joel julio12.07.07 - By Scott Frake: Junior middleweight prospect Joel Julio (32-1, 30 KOs) beat former star from “The Contender” reality TV show, Cornelius Bundrage (26-3, 15 KOs), stopping him in the 8th round on Wednesday night at the Kodak Theater, in Los Angeles, California. Bundrage was hopelessly outclassed from the start, and it appeared only a matter of time before he was knocked out by Julio. In the 3rd round, Julio dropped Bundrage to the canvas, and then again in the 8th round, prompting the referee to stop the bout shortly thereafter as Bundrage took repeated punishment against the ropes.

Julio, 22, known for his awesome power, came out strong in the first round, throwing every punch with knockout intentions. It was immediately clear that Julio was much more skilled than Bundrage, proving to have faster hands, more power and the ability to throw combinations in bunches. Several times during the initial round, Julio unleashed a series of unanswered blows, driving Bundrage back each time to the ropes, where he mostly pawed with his jab in hopes of driving Julio back.

Bundrage, 34, responded well in the 2nd round, coming out looking like a completely different fighter, as he worked his jab constantly and was able to catch Julio repeatedly as he waded in to land his shots.

joel julioIn the 3rd round, Bundrage left his guard down – something he did all fight long – allowing Julio to land a monstrous right hand shot to the head, badly hurting Bundrage and causing him to stumble backwards towards the ropes. Julio followed up with a flurry of mostly wild shots, though a couple of them got through, causing Bundrage to drop to the canvas on a knee for one second. He immediately got up and tried to continue fighting as if nothing had happened, however, the referee quickly jumped in a signaled that it had been a knockdown. As soon as the action started again, Julio, looking much too eager at this point, threw a flurry of wild punches, most of which missed badly. Towards the end of the round, Bundrage, now fully recovered from the knockdown, took the fight to Julio and was able to catch him with a number of jabs and right hands.

In the 4th round, Bundrage continued where he left off in the last round, landing a tremendous amount of jabs, exposing one of Julio’s major weaknesses - his wide open defense. For his part, Julio did very little in this round except take jabs to the head as he came forward. In many ways, this round displayed the kinds of difficulties Julio had in his fight to Carlos Quintana in 2006, a bout in which Julio was badly out-boxed by Quintana, who punished him all fight long with a precise jab.

In rounds five though seven, Julio seemed to get very serious all of a sudden, as he stepped up the pace, throwing much harder punches, and pressuring Bundrage constantly. After the fifth round, Bundrage’s left eye began to show visible swelling, with a small cut just to the corner of his eye. In the sixth and 7th, Julio continued to punish Bundrage with big shots. During this time, Bundrage, who took the fight on only three weeks notice, looked exhausted and worried. In fact, the 7th round was badly one-sided, as Julio landed a large number of powerful right hands, and left hooks to the head of Bundrage.

Early in the eighth round, Julio caught Bundrage with a huge right hand, hurting him badly and sending him stumbling back against the ropes. Julio then moved in and landed another big right hand, sending Bundrage to the canvas. He bravely got to his feet, but he looked completely out of it. However, the referee took a look at him and let the fight continue for a few moments more. Wasting little time, Julio moved in a landed a flurry of punches, one of them being a long right hand that connected to Bundrage’s head, causing it to violently whiplash from the impact. At that moment, the referee Jack Reiss finally stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:08 of the eighth round, while Bundrage was still standing.

Article posted on 12.07.2007

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