Lundy is Better Than His Record, but He’s Not in Crawford’s League

Crawford’s League – This Saturday night on HBO at the Theater in Madison Square Garden, WBO junior-welterweight title holder Terence Crawford 27-0 (19) will make the second defense of his title against Philadelphian Hank Lundy 26-5-1 (13). Crawford, 28, is one of the more high profile boxers who fights on HBO, and for good reason; he’s an outstanding fighter and maybe even a once-in-a-generation talent. Three of his four previous bouts were in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Now he’s going to showcase his skills at one of boxing’s most historic venues with the hopes of increasing his profile and stature.

If by chance you’ve never seen Terence Crawford fight, he’s the genuine article and looks to continue his ascent among the top pound-for-pound fighters in professional boxing. Crawford is a rare blend of speed, power and skill. He can fight inside and outside and he’s versatile enough to the point to where he can box a banger or rough up a boxer and impose his strength and will. And if that’s not enough to make him a tall order for his opponents, for a quiet guy, he’s got a mean streak in him and isn’t the type fighter who has shown that he’s willing to show mercy or let a beaten opponent off the hook.

In Hank Lundy, Crawford will be confronting a fighter in which he owns every conceivable advantage, and most believe the bout will amount to nothing more than a vigorous sparring session in the gym. As a fighter, Lundy’s best qualities are his work-rate and he’s not easily discouraged, but neither of those things equips him to hang with Crawford. As a technician, Lundy tends to load up on left hooks and the wide arc in which they arrive telegraph them…..and if that weren’t bad enough, Hank often drops his right hand when he hooks to the body or head. Basically, Lundy is pretty vanilla offensively and no better than par defensively. The only imaginative thing he does is, he’ll revert to fighting as a southpaw from his orthodox stance from time-to-time. Lundy, 32, is a serious tough guy and always brings it, however he’s just not exceptionally gifted.

Lundy is a grinder and has landed big fights before and has often come up short. However, in fairness he’s lost some close fights. This is no doubt the biggest opportunity of his career and he knows it. According to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, Ruslan Provodnikov, Viktor Postol, Lucas Matthysse and Mauricio Herrera all turned down proposed bouts against Crawford and Lundy jumped at the chance to take on one of the elite pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. Lundy prides himself in being a guy willing to fight the best of the best and in his mind is still undefeated and can explain away all five of his career setbacks.

Lundy is Better Than His Record, but He’s Not in Crawford’s League

In fact if you go a step further you can sense that Hank believes he’s been mismanaged and sees his bout versus Terence Crawford as his last shot to prove himself to his fans and critics, as he told John DiSanto of Phillyboxinghistory.com/fightnews.com below.

Do you see this as your last chance to finally prove yourself to everyone?

“Most definitely,” Lundy said. “A lot of these champs, or so called champs, are champs because of their promoter. At the end of the day, I came up the hard way. I’ll put it like this, if any of these fighters took the road I took, they wouldn’t be champ today. They wouldn’t face the adversity that I have been through in my career. Most of these guys who are A-Side fighters, haven’t had to go to Russia to fight somebody in their back yard. I fought a guy, Viktor Postal. I beat him, but they gave him the decision. And ya’ll can look at that on YouTube.”

As you can see by his words, Lundy believes that because of his willingness to fight anyone at any time, he’s been taken advantage of. Lundy is 1-2 in his last three bouts and 4-4 in his last eight. On paper he is overmatched against the smooth and stylish Crawford and everybody knows it. That said, Lundy is fully cognizant this is his last shot and he’s a little better than his record indicates. I’m certain he’ll bring his A-game and it won’t be enough. But he’s cocky and confident enough to not embarrass himself and that’s what I expect.

So basically there’s no intrigue as to what the outcome will be. However, Crawford would serve himself well if he does what supposedly great fighters do when they meet limited opposition….and that’s win convincingly and in a memorable fashion. We know Lundy doesn’t believe he’s just the opponent and B-side of the match-up. It’s on Crawford to prove him wrong; so let’s see if he can.

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-Radam G :

Lundy is an opponent for losses -- because of his losses. If he were just mild warm with winning, he would not be scrapping with T-Craw. It is not by design that da BobFather has matched T-Craw this way. The plug was pulled on T-Craw to fight Da Manny because T-Craw is simply not ready. He should be able to blast Lundy out. But he likely won't. Dude has issues that will come to light sooner before later. Holla!


-stormcentre :

I read an article about Lundy on BoxingScene where he detailed how Crawford has not really fought anyone except Gamboa - whom, Lundy said . . after a long layoff and a weight jump, was beating Terrance for 6 or so rounds before finally getting caught as a result of carelessness. Whist I actually don't disagree entirely with Hank's claims, it will be interesting to see how this fight pans out as - whilst technically average or just above it (which means he's good and by no means a bum) - Hank is a reasonably tough operator and well practiced/conditioned fighter. You could argue, that for his own personal skills/rating, Lundy has been fighting the better challenging opposition. Not sure whether or not that will matter though. Personally I think some of the reasons why Crawford never got to fight Pacquaio is because (i) Crawford is not a Top Rank fighter, (ii) he can fight both ways, (iii) he has shown he knows how to deal with speed and purposeless aggression, and (iv) he's not got a real big PPV or other following yet. Also, we have the seemingly omnipresent fact that this may be Pac's last or penultimate fight. Crawford is therefore an unknown quantity and also a *risk for very little *reward. And, that's *something Arum and Roach (not saying Pac, as he will take risks) knows all about successfully assessing. However, Bradley - on the other hand - (i) has been beaten by Pac before, (ii) he is a Top Rank fighter, and (iii) he is a known quantity that Pacquaio, Roach, and Arum all (iv) believe doesn't hit too hard. Not saying it will/won't happen (and I won't be surprised if it does and/or Pac loses); but I actually think Tim Bradley has the power to knock Pacquaio out. He pretty much owned Marquez (who KO'd Pac cold) when he fought him. Wonder if anyone has thought, in the context of all Pacquaio's past/recent indiscretions and other perceivably negative actions, about how Arum's skills of cashing out on fighters is perhaps the most ruthless, effective, and well practiced of them all? Oh, by the way, not a bad write up Frank. Lundy does tend to fight as you say. :) :)


-deepwater2 :

I sat ringside and thought Hank did enough to beat Dulorme. For what it's worth Dulorme was stopped by Crawford in his next fight. Lundy is a throwback fighter that makes it interesting at times. Let's see if Crawford makes a statement.


-stormcentre :

I thought he did pretty good there too. Lundy is someone boxing is better with; yep - agree. Hank will be dangerous for at least half the fight; or that time he doesn't get hit hard with shots he can't respond to. If Crawford uses his speed and length to control the tempo for the first half, and then drops the counters in - especially if they (any before-mentioned punch) come from split/reverse stances . . . . Hank will have no option other than to fight, and possibly get a little ragged around the edges. And when dat happen . . . . :) :)


-riverside :

[br] title="The Sweet Science - Boxing News"[/br][br][/br] By Frank Lotierzo[br][/br] This Saturday night on HBO at the Theater in Madison Square Garden, WBO junior-welterweight title holder Terence Crawford 27-0 (19) will make the second defense of his title against Philadelphian Hank Lundy 26-5-1 (13). Crawford, 28, is one of the more high profile boxers who fights on HBO, and for good reason; he’s an outstanding fighter and maybe even a once-in-a-generation talent. Three of his four previous bouts were in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Now he’s going to showcase his skills at one of boxing’s most historic venues with the hopes of increasing his profile and stature.[br][/br] If by chance you’ve never seen Terence Crawford fight, he’s the genuine article and looks to continue his ascent among the top pound-for-pound fighters in professional boxing. Crawford is a rare blend of speed, power and skill. He can fight inside and outside and he’s versatile enough to the point to where he can box a banger or rough up a boxer and impose his strength and will. And if that’s not enough to make him a tall order for his opponents, for a quiet guy, he’s got a mean streak in him and isn’t the type fighter who has shown that he’s willing to show mercy or let a beaten opponent off the hook.[br][/br] In Hank Lundy, Crawford will be confronting a fighter in which he owns every conceivable advantage, and most believe the bout will amount to nothing more than a vigorous sparring session in the gym. As a fighter, Lundy’s best qualities are his work-rate and he’s not easily discouraged, but neither of those things equips him to hang with Crawford. As a technician, Lundy tends to load up on left hooks and the wide arc in which they arrive telegraph them.....and if that weren’t bad enough, Hank often drops his right hand when he hooks to the body or head. Basically, Lundy is pretty vanilla offensively and no better than par defensively. The only imaginative thing he does is, he’ll revert to fighting as a southpaw from his orthodox stance from time-to-time. Lundy, 32, is a serious tough guy and always brings it, however he’s just not exceptionally gifted. [br][/br] Lundy is a grinder and has landed big fights before and has often come up short. However, in fairness he’s lost some close fights. This is no doubt the biggest opportunity of his career and he knows it. According to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, Ruslan Provodnikov, Viktor Postol, Lucas Matthysse and Mauricio Herrera all turned down proposed bouts against Crawford and Lundy jumped at the chance to take on one of the elite pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. Lundy prides himself in being a guy willing to fight the best of the best and in his mind is still undefeated and can explain away all five of his career setbacks. [br][/br] In fact if you go a step further you can sense that Hank believes he’s been mismanaged and sees his bout versus Terence Crawford as his last shot to prove himself to his fans and critics, as he told John DiSanto of Phillyboxinghistory.com/fightnews.com below. [br][/br] Do you see this as your last chance to finally prove yourself to everyone? [br][/br] [br] /[/br] “Most definitely,” Lundy said. “A lot of these champs, or so called champs, are champs because of their promoter. At the end of the day, I came up the hard way. I’ll put it like this, if any of these fighters took the road I took, they wouldn’t be champ today. They wouldn’t face the adversity that I have been through in my career. Most of these guys who are A-Side fighters, haven’t had to go to Russia to fight somebody in their back yard. I fought a guy, Viktor Postal. I beat him, but they gave him the decision. And ya’ll can look at that on YouTube."[br][/br] As you can see by his words, Lundy believes that because of his willingness to fight anyone at any time, he’s been taken advantage of. Lundy is 1-2 in his last three bouts and 4-4 in his last eight. On paper he is overmatched against the smooth and stylish Crawford and everybody knows it. That said, Lundy is fully cognizant this is his last shot and he’s a little better than his record indicates. I’m certain he’ll bring his A-game and it won’t be enough. But he’s cocky and confident enough to not embarrass himself and that’s what I expect.[br][/br] So basically there’s no intrigue as to what the outcome will be. However, Crawford would serve himself well if he does what supposedly great fighters do when they meet limited opposition....and that’s win convincingly and in a memorable fashion. We know Lundy doesn’t believe he’s just the opponent and B-side of the match-up. It’s on Crawford to prove him wrong; so let’s see if he can.[br][/br] Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at [url=mailto:GlovedFist@Gmail.com]GlovedFist@Gmail.com[url=mailto:GlovedFist@Gmail.com][br][/br] [br][/br] [br][/br]
for the record on MH turning down the Crawford fight.the fight was offered about six weeks ago/short notice for chump change/top Rank venue in New York,Mexicans never win in New York, everything was stacked against MH, Hopefully the Mathysee fight is wrapped up soon and we do well, then Arum can Bring Crawford to Vegas later in the year.


-stormcentre :

I was only just wondering (after I wrote the above posts) when you would chime in on this thread; a subject you're close to. So you cats were served up chump change on short (notice) bread eh? Surprise surprise !! :) :)


-riverside :

I was only just wondering (after I wrote the above posts) when you would chime in on this thread; a subject you're close to. So you cats were served up chump change on short (notice) bread eh? Surprise surprise !! :) :)
probably the same story with the others postal/Ruslan etc. Lundy was already in training camp when he took the fight.We think Crawford is unproven yet,if he struggles vs Lundy, it's going to be a game changer,Lundy is a tough little guy,he's got skills,he gave postal a good fight. if Crawford walks right through him, Crawford is the real deal.


-stormcentre :

probably the same story with the others postal/Ruslan etc. Lundy was already in training camp when he took the fight.We think Crawford is unproven yet,if he struggles vs Lundy, it's going to be a game changer,Lundy is a tough little guy,he's got skills,he gave postal a good fight. if Crawford walks right through him, Crawford is the real deal.
Nicely said RS. Agree. Lundy is tough and a good test for most. Also, Crawford - in a championship and top level context - is (still) relatively unproven. I'd like to see him fight Postal, Provo, or, say, your guy. There's someone else at light welterweight out there too I'd like to see Terrance in with - but can't remember them right now. :) :)


-Radam G :

"Hammerin' Hank is all up in "Bud('s)" cranium puckin' up Bud's brainwaves. Bud should be more seasoned than he is to let this occur. He has already lost the first round. And want to take a squared-jungle scrap to the mean streets. But that ain't going to happen. So he better drop that anger tude and recognize that anger sits in the bossum of a fool. And if he doesn't get it together, he will be taken to school. No matter what, I think that Bud is going to wake up enough to scratch out a win. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Crawford dominates Lundy tonight, even Stevie Wonder can see that. The real question I have is how many fights does Crawford realistically have at 140? Let's say he stops Lundy and the goes on to beat Postol. Who else does he fight at 140 (makeable fight promotion wise) that makes sense financially? My point is that he will be moving up soon, quite possibly by the end of the year. I think bigger fights at 147 await him in the near future. Contrary to what Freddie Roach and Manny's team are stating, they know what time it is. Crawford is a nightmare matchup for Pacquiao and Bradley is the much safer option. I'm not mad at them for ducking Crawford, it was a smart move. It's prize fighting, not pride fighting. Crawford would have beat Manny much more convincingly than Floyd because of the style and temperament he has. Holla!


-Radam G :

Crawford dominates Lundy tonight, even Stevie Wonder can see that. The real question I have is how many fights does Crawford realistically have at 140? Let's say he stops Lundy and the goes on to beat Postol. Who else does he fight at 140 (makeable fight promotion wise) that makes sense financially? My point is that he will be moving up soon, quite possibly by the end of the year. I think bigger fights at 147 await him in the near future. Contrary to what Freddie Roach and Manny's team are stating, they know what time it is. Crawford is a nightmare matchup for Pacquiao and Bradley is the much safer option. I'm not mad at them for ducking Crawford, it was a smart move. It's prize fighting, not pride fighting. Crawford would have beat Manny much more convincingly than Floyd because of the style and temperament he has. Holla!
Wow! You are so c0cksure about T-Craw. For your sake, hope I that thrilling will be Bud. He will be in trouble if he looks like a dud. I expect for Bud to conduct a clinic. He is dancing against a pug who is 4-4 in his last eight scraps. But will set many old skool traps. And he is already all up in Bud's thinking. For a round or two, Bud is going look like he has been drinking. Sorry! But mythology about Crawford "being a nightmare for Da Manny will be debunked tonight -- USA mainland time. Bud is about eight cents, not a dime. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Crawford dominates Lundy tonight, even Stevie Wonder can see that. The real question I have is how many fights does Crawford realistically have at 140? Let's say he stops Lundy and the goes on to beat Postol. Who else does he fight at 140 (makeable fight promotion wise) that makes sense financially? My point is that he will be moving up soon, quite possibly by the end of the year. I think bigger fights at 147 await him in the near future. Contrary to what Freddie Roach and Manny's team are stating, they know what time it is. Crawford is a nightmare matchup for Pacquiao and Bradley is the much safer option. I'm not mad at them for ducking Crawford, it was a smart move. It's prize fighting, not pride fighting. Crawford would have beat Manny much more convincingly than Floyd because of the style and temperament he has. Holla!
Agreed, SRD, Lundy was at his bullying best when he dismantled Jack "Double-Jab" Lowe's latest prospect Danny Williams. But the juniorwelter with the snappy jab and the nasty disposition has plateaued at the top 15 level and can't seem to rise above contender status. He attemped to get "street" against a guy who was living far deeper in the streets life during his youth than Lundy can ever imagine. Crawford's (shoving) response to Lundy's trash-talk during the staredown was a calculated move by Crawford to show Lundy who the real big dog was and the fight will go according to script. Lundy will be dominated and dispatched like the "B" side he is unless he stinks up the show and goes into survival mode. It's good to see Crawford back in the ring, it would have been better to have seen him against worthy opposition like Postol or Pac,.... maybe next time.


-Radam G :

GTFOH from Maynila! Bud is a dud! Oh, YEA! He can and could have beat Da Manny! And the hot-@$$ sun is going to fall in the sea. And there will be bionic snow falling tonight in Maynila. OMFG! So much xenophobic hype is popping off about Bud. Uncle Roger is right! Most people don't know syet 'bout boksin!' Bud fought like he was stuck in mud. Oh sh?t! Dude was so easy to hit. He fought a man that has now lost five of his last nine bouts. And that man could easily hit him. Nuff said! Nice optical illusion of skill that was nothing but will against a semi rough tomato can that was easy to kick down the road and kill. T-Craw is barely ready to climb a molehill. Holla!


-miguel1 :

Sorry Radam I disagree. He did outclass Lundy, and he did what he had to do. He didnt allow it to drag on to the end and got the finish, it is what the should have done.


-Radam G :

Sorry Radam I disagree. He did outclass Lundy, and he did what he had to do. He didnt allow it to drag on to the end and got the finish, it is what the should have done.
Syempre! Of course, he outclassed a big-mouthed Luke-warmed Lundy. That was expected. No matter how you try to promote it, or twist it, Lundy was a slightly warm cadaver with after breath. It is not just routine for a so-called super top gun to fight against a guy who has lost five of his last nine bouts. And ev'ybodee and dey momma think of the winner as the coming of the new boksing Jesus. Don Curry was outclassing the "Body Snatcher" Mike McCullan (name bushered) back in da day. That was expected. But Curry carried his head high and was over aggressive. And BOOM! He was put to sleep -- DEEP SLEEP! Bud carrying his head high and not moving it, taking shots on that jaw, and even on the temple is a KNOCKOUT UPSET of the Year just waiting to happen. And remember, you heard from here, FIRST. Dude is at big RISK in his next scrap against tSR. HOLLA!


-miguel1 :

We will see. I thought frankly that it was the second best fight of the day among the big ones, behind martinez and santa cruz. You rate Lundy low, so you dont give Crawford credit, but elite guys are often in tough positions against guys without a lot of upside, and they cruise to a UD. Crawford at least did what he had to do. Id watch Lundy again too, him and your boy Algieri would be a nice scrap.