‘The Truth’ shall not set you free, he shall knock you spark out, son!
On Sunday night in Coney Island New York, undefeated welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. became the first man ever to finish experienced and tough veteran Leonard Bundu.
Bundu had previously extended hard-hitting alphabet titleholder Keith Thurman the full 12-round distance, but he couldn’t make it out of the sixth round against the talented Spence.
‘The Truth’ first dropped Bundu with a stunning left-uppercut along the ropes, but bizarrely referee Johnny Callas refused to rule it knockdown. The damage had been done however, and Spence soon had his man on the floor again. This time, the fight was waved off. A vicious right-hook to the head was the shot that precipitated Bundu’s demise.
— PBC (@premierboxing) August 21, 2016
This is the second consecutive fight in which Spence has finished a fighter who had never previously be halted, as last time out he battered Chris Algieri to a TKO defeat. Algieri survived multiple first-round knockdowns to claim a split decision over heavy-handed slugger Ruslan Provodnikov back in 2014 and he managed to go 12 rounds with Manny Pacquiao later that year, despite hitting the deck six times, but the New Yorker couldn’t extend Spence past the fifth in April.
With the win over Bundu, Spence became mandatory challenger for Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight title. However, the 26-year-old will be forced to wait for a while before he gets his hands on Brook, as the Englishman is scheduled to face Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight contest on September 10th.