Don King Looks for a Later Date to Present the IBF 154-Pound Championship Match
ST. LOUIS—The International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship scheduled for June 12 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis has been postponed. Don King Productions was promoting the event that planned to feature St. Louisan Cory Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) defending his IBF 154-pound title against mandatory challenger Cornelius Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs), from Detroit.
A number of conflicting interests factored into the decision to move the bout to a future card.
Don King Productions’ longtime radio partner in St. Louis, Hot 104.1 FM, concurrently announced their popular “Super Jam 3” concert would take place on the same day in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, and DKP will be announcing shortly that they will be presenting another world championship boxing event in St. Louis later this summer.
Promoter Don King said he preferred to not compete with a radio station that already has a commitment to be somewhere else on June 12. In addition, with news leaking out about an August boxing event in St. Louis he will be announcing soon, King felt he may be competing with himself for limited entertainment dollars during the summer season.
“Cory told me he has been receiving messages from his fans saying they were disappointed that they could not attend both events,” King said. “On top of that, I have now confirmed that I will be coming back to St. Louis with a world championship card in August, so it’s really not best to have two boxing events competing with each other in the same market.”
Anyone having purchased tickets to the June 12 event should go to the original point of purchase to receive a refund. King said he will announce where Spinks vs. Bundrage will occur as soon as he has secured a venue on a future date.