Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KO) is supposed to be some sort of barometer test for Errol Spence, Jr. (20-0, 17 KO). For Bundu had lost a unanimous decision to Keith Thurman, so what an accomplishment it would be if Spence were therefore able to knock him out. Such was Spence’s claim to legitimacy when he stopped an undersized Chris Algieri – who lost a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao – in short order.
Thurman had actually dropped Bundu in the first round on one punch and easily won every round therewith. That is to say, Thurman could have finished Bundu early but chose not to.
The comparison between Spence and Thurman is also relevant because it is the most anticipated welterweight matchup amongst American viewers. Spence began challenging Thurman last year, at what appears to be the suggestion of Floyd Mayweather, Jr., as a diversion from the fact that Mayweather had sought what was perceived to be a less threatening opponent in Andre Berto to finish his Showtime contract. Henceforth, Spence has been linked to Thurman with, ironically enough, Thurman being perceived as ducking Errol Spence, Jr.
But Spence-Thurman is on hold while Thurman pursues Danny Garcia and Spence seeks to become the immediate mandatory to Kell Brook’s IBF Welterweight title if he defeats Bundu. Regardless of the outcome of Brook-Golovkin, Brook will likely not want to drain himself back down to 147 pounds to fight Errol Spence, Jr. immediately afterward. Brook was having difficulty getting down to 147 pounds to begin with. He has probably made his skeletal frame a bit heavier from bulking up to the middleweight division.
In any case, no real conclusions can be drawn from the outcome of Bundu-Spence. Bundu is a veteran who may not be willing to engage and use every tactic just to last twelve rounds without attempting to win a round.
Bundu-Spence airs at 5PM US Eastern time this Sunday evening on NBC.