On February 27, 2016 – it was a hostile city showdown at Madison Square Garden where boxing fans from all walks of life formed one of the most malicious boxing environments I ever been apart of.
I have to admit – this was one of my best trips of covering fights at The Mecca of Boxing! This is how a world title fight should feel. At the end of the day, security did a very good job at keeping the loud crowd in check and the fans themselves kept it at a certain level, not resorting to non-sense that could ruin a good event.
This hot-ticket event was centered around a long winded showdown between WBC Jr. Welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and long-time fringe contender Hammerin’ Hank Lundy. But the two main attractions can’t take all of the credit for this sell out crowd. A strong contingent of Puerto Rican and Irish fans also put their money down to join the surprising number of Nebraska based fans who came to show that people from their city are “about that life”.
The Philly fans were also definitely in the house though seemingly scattered across the 5,000 seat theater as opposed to united in large flocks.
On February 16, 2016 – the Marian Anderson Recreation Center hosted an afternoon media session with local boxing contender “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy. A handful of people made their way to the Graduate Hospital subsection of South Philly to take part in Lundy’s final local public stop before heading to Madison Square Garden for a February 27th HBO showdown with the WBO’s 140 pound champion Terence “Bud” Crawford.
It is no secret that about 98% of the people in the boxing industry feel that Lundy has no chance of winning his upcoming fight. The Nebraska native Crawford currently rates at the Ring Magazines #6 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The latest Vegas odds have Crawford in the neighborhood of a 20-to-1 favorite.
Those who know Hank know he couldn’t care less about what the public is saying. He did not disappoint when put in front of the crowd. The 32-year-old former John Bartram High running back spent over an hour answer questions from the local media. His main theme was talking about how he was going to knock out the champ! He also spoke about his career as the underdog, growing up hard in Philly and much more. Check it out below.
On February 27, 2016 – Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc and HBO Boxing return to the Mecca of Boxing with a show designed to introduce 140 pound WBO Champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 ko’s) to the East Coast fight fans. This is a big step in catapulting the popular fighters into PPV status. Standing in his way is long-time prospect / contender Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 ko’s) of Philadelphia. Many experts around the country feel that this will be easy work for the fighter known as “Bud”. To put it in perspective – Vegas odds makers list Crawford a whopping 34-to-1 favorite.
Someone forgot to send Lundy the memo that he is the opponent. The 32-year-old switch hitter couldn’t care less about what the public thinks. He is on the record saying how he fully intends to leave New York City with Crawford’s title, rankings and manhood.
At a recent press conference, Lundy took the stage and told everyone in attendance that is going to “break his will” and flat out predicted a KO in a fight the could fulfill his lifelong quest of becoming a world champion. Love him or hate him – there aren’t many who can hype up a fight like this guy can.
Nebraska’s Crawford was up for the verbal challenge, saying he is going to “take Lundy to the streets” and “shut this dude up once and for all”. The 28-year-old ranks as #6 overall pound-for-pound fighter according to Ring Magazine.
Who’s telling the truth? Will Bud the Stud take over New York City or is Hammerin’ Hank going to turn the Garden out ?
For this fight Lundy reunited with his original trainer Charles Ramey who practices out of the Marion Anderson Gym in South Philadelphia.
PK Sports live on location at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut where Hammerin’ Hank Lundy weighs in at 134 lbs on the nose heading into his bout against Nicaragua’s Carlos Winston Velasquez. It’s a tune up of sorts but the pride of Bartram High, but he is still looking to make a loud statement in hopes of getting a world title shot in the lightweight division.
At press time, Lundy is currently ranked as the #8 lightweight in the United States of America according to www.boxrec.com ‘s rating system.
Hank was kicking that ass early but Herrera did storm back after being nailed by a questionable head butt that caused a nasty meat flap above his eye. This cut caused the ringside doctor top call an early halt to the bout. Final scores were 48-47 x 2 and an even card at 48-48.
Do you think The Hammer got hosed on the scorecards or did Herrera deserve the nod?
Early blow back from this controversy include a potential lawsuit from Team Lundy against promoter Golden Boy Promotion and Herrera suffering an eye injury that could possibly send him into retirement.
Golden Boy Boxing has announced that Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KO) will head to Hollywood on July 11 to face Mauricio Herrera (21-5, 7 KO) for an HBO Latino Boxing Main Event at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. It is an important fight for the two well-traveled veterans. The war of words has begun.
Hammer says he is coming to “El Maestro’s” backyard on a seek and destroy mission. Lundy is currently in Vegas banging out 8.5 mile runs and training hard for the upcoming assignment.
Herrera countered by saying “Forget Hank Lundy, everyone is coming to see me!” “It’s going to be a great fight, but I’m taking Lundy to school and putting him into detention for talking to much!”
Outside of the verbal nails spit at each other, both fighters showed a mutual respect for their fellow warrior who took the road less traveled in the industry. Both acknowledged that the other fighter came up the hard way, never rejecting a tough challenge.
Herrera, of Riverside California, will have the home field advantage in this one. He has lost two of this last three though the majority of the boxing world feels that he was shafted by judges in those losses. He is considered a real player in the Jr. Welterweight division.
Lundy, a former starting running back at Bartram High, has won three of his last four though most recently dropping razor-thin decision to Thomas Dulorme.
This bout will be at 140 lbs with the vacancy NABF title on the line. What are your thoughts on how this will all play out?
There is an old saying in boxing that goes something like “one punch can change an entire fight”. On the July 9th ESPN main event in Lincoln RI there was never a clearer example of such a wise proverb.
For seven rounds, South Philly’s Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (19-1-1, 10ko’s) put on on a boxing clinic – treating opponent John Molina (21-1, 16ko’s) like an Everlast punching bag. Lundy used the ring, effortlessly switched between southpaw and orthodox, worked great angles from both sides of the plate and peppered Molina face with a snappy jabs, and pin point power punches.
It appeared that Lundy was going to cruise to a shut out decision. But like Lenny Kravitz once sang ” it ain’t over til it’s over”.
Lundy was cocky and confident, maybe a bit too much so as he got hit with a right handed missile that he didn’t see coming – immediately sending him to the canvas near the end of round 8. To Lundy’s credit – he beat the ten count and responded by winning the next round but the swagger was gone and he was now fighting in survival mode.
As the fight wore on, Molina kept up the pressure and what once looked like a blow out got interesting very quick. Midway through round 11 – Molina caught Lundy on the ropes. Unable to dip and dodge as he was earlier in the fight – Lundy absorbed a good barrage of punches from Molina. Definitely in trouble but by no means out of the fight – the referee jumped in to call off the contest – much to the dismay of Lundy who felt he was able to continue.
Molina was coming on strong and Lundy was in some trouble but it must be said that this was definitely an early stoppage. If a guy if going to lose his 0 – make sure he is definitely can not continue. Lundy was not down at the time of stoppage.
With that said, very good showing for both fighters and a fantastic fight for the TV networks as both men did some great work. Molina now is the NABO champ and I am sure we haven’t seen the last of Hammerin’ Hank.
South Philly’s Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (19-0-1, 10ko’s) is back again, taking on yet another prospect in front of a live national audience.
This time he will face his most dangerous foe yet, the big punching John Molina (20-1, 16ko’s) of Southern Cali.
The match will take place on July 9th as the 12 main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast from the Twin Rivers Event Center in Lincoln RI.
This one promises to be an excellent matchup between two young fighters considered to be amongst the best prospects in their division. Lundy has made his name the hard way, going out of town and beating his peers who are considered prospect. Most recently he pitched a 10 round shut out which included three knockdowns over the previously undefeated Tyree Hendrix.
Molina has won two in a row since his lone career loss – a lopsided 10 round decision to grizzled veteran Martin Honario. Prior to that awful night, Molina showed real promise in TV appearances where he bombed out noted tough guys Carols Vinan, Joshua Allotey, Frankie Archuletta & Ricardo Medina all inside of three rounds.
This fight should morph the winner from a young prospect into ready contender. Lunday says “I’m ready to show the world that Hammerin’ Hank is once again putting my all on the line and fighting everybody. I’m on the quest to becoming great, and I will not be denied.”
About Lundy’s talk, Molina says ” He is like Floyd Mayweather without the money”. Trash talk aside, this should be a barn burner. Tune into ESPN2 at 9pm to watch it go down…
South Philly’s Hammerin’ Hank (18-0-1, 10ko’s) strikes again – this time putting the first blemish on the record of Georgia’s Tyrese Hendrix (18-1, 7ko’s) by way of a one sided 10 round unanimous decision live on ESPN to win the NABO lightweight title.
The fight took place in Memphis TN and Lundy had his man singing the blues from the start. Lundy came out at a frantic pace from a southpaw stance – a position that gave fellow southpaw Hendrix fits. Lundy floored his opponent three times in the fight – two of which came in the first round. The first knockdown of the evening was one of the sports rarities – a double knockdown courtesy of two perfectly times hooks upstairs.
The pace slowed a bit in the middle rounds with Lundy turning orthodox – setting the pace with jabs, body work and hard overhand rights. There were times where Hendrix stepped to the middle of the ring and pressed the action which led to some very good two-way exchanges.
While Hendrix was getting the worst of these exchanges – he does deserve his credit as he fought very hard and overcame trying circumstances to end the fight on his feet.
Again – Hank Lundy puts on a show when the lights were brightest. Again he takes on a defeated a fellow undefeated prospect in his division. Now he adds he NABO title to his arsenal which will get his foot in the door shall he defend it successfully. Keep an eye out – because Lundy just made a strong case for being considered the top prospect coming out of Philadelphia…