Lundy Beats Ajose on "Friday Night Fights"

BY The Sweet Science ON July 20, 2013
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ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS RESULTS FROM ROCKINGHAM PARK IN NEW HAMPSHIRE; LUNDY UPSETS AJOSE

KIELCZWESKI SCORES SENSATIONAL ONE-PUNCH K.O

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New York, NY (7/19/13) - On Friday night, before a sold-out raucous crowd, DiBella Entertainment presented this week's edition of ESPN's Friday Night Fights at the historic Rockingham Park, in Salem, New Hampshire.

The 10-round main event featured a battle between WBC #3-rated junior welterweight Olusegun Ajose and WBC #5-rated "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy that ended with the latter winning a dominant 10-round unanimous decision.

Ajose was just two fights removed from his world title bid and first professional loss at the hands of Lucas Matthysse and was hoping an impressive victory over Lundy would put him back into the world title picture. Unfortunately, Lundy had other plans.

Lundy controlled the action behind a piston-like jab that continuously snapped back the head of former Olympian Ajose. Olusegun never seemed to be able to get into a groove. Despite looking good in a few early rounds, Lundy usually found a way to come back and steal the frame before each bell.

Lundy had a huge fifth frame, as he had Ajose hurt and reeling against the ropes. Luckily for Ajose, the end of the round was near and he was able to survive.

Ajose had some success in rounds eight and nine, but unfortunately it was too little, too late. In the end, Lundy was awarded the well-deserved 10-round unanimous decision, winning by scores of 100-90, and 98-92 twice. With the loss, Ajose's record drops to 31-2 (14KO's), while Lundy improves to 23-3-1 (11KO's) and shows that he is truly a force to be reckoned with in the loaded 140lb. division.

KIELCZWESKI BURST ONTO SCENE WITH

HIGHLIGHT REEL K.O. IN CO-FEATURE

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In the co-feature bout, undefeated up-and-coming prospect Ryan "The Polish Prince" Kielczweski made a major statement that he is someone to watch in the super featherweight division with a spectacular one-punch KO over Puerto Rican knockout artist Miguel "Mikito" Soto, who entered the ring at 11-0 (11 KO's).

Kielczweski, a former amateur standout, was celebrating his 24th birthday and fighting on national TV for the first time. Over five rounds, he looked absolutely sensational as he systematically broke down Soto.

Kielczweski came out for round one using beautiful footwork and boxing from the outside behind a stiff jab. It was a bit of a feeling-out round with Kielczweski looking to find his range.

In the second, Soto came out fast and looked to trap Kielczweski in the corner and unload a barrage of punches, but Kielczweski showed little concern and even shot his opponent a smile. Midway through the round, Kielczweski began landing a beautiful straight right hand for which Soto seemed to have no answer.

By the third round, Kielczweski was having his way with Soto, landing hard right hands followed by a short left hook that began to cause swelling around his foe's right eye. Toward the end of the stanza, Kielczweski hurt Soto with a vicious combination to the body.

Soto's eye had started to become grotesque by round four, as Kielczweski continued to pound away with both hands. Kielczweski was now timing Soto's charges and landing a vicious right uppercut that visibly hurt him time and again.

In the fifth round, with Kielczweski sensing his opponent was ready to go, he began to let his hands go even more, landing almost at will. Just as the 10-second bell sounded, Kielczweski landed a monstrous left hook that sent Soto crashing down to the canvas face first. The referee didn't even bother to count and immediately waved off the bout.

The official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of round five. With the win, Kielczweski improves to 17-0 (4KO's) and truly emerges as someone to watch in the super featherweight division.

After the fight, Kielczweski commented on his victory.

"I am still fresh, I feel like I could go another five rounds. I hit him with a perfect left hook, right on the button. I controlled the fight the entire time. I used my jab and just took it one punch at a time. I am thrilled with my performance. This was a perfect way to celebrate my 24thbirthday."

MARTIN OPENS ESPN TELECAST WITH A BANG

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In the opening bout of the ESPN telecast, American heavyweight hopeful Charles Martin used his superior height and reach to pick apart New Jersey's Aaron Kinch.

Martin calmly pressed the action against the much shorter Kinch, working behind a stiff jab, and mixing in good combinations to both the body and head. Kinch was content to stay on the outside and look to land his overhand right.

Well in control in the third round, Martin landed a short right hand from his southpaw stance, dropping Kinch on all fours. Kinch was in big trouble, but was able to survive the remaining seconds of the round.

Martin picked up the pace in the fourth and landed several heavy shots with both hands. Near the end of the round, Martin landed a vicious left uppercut that sent Kinch wobbling across the ring. Sensing his opponent was in serious trouble Martin jumped all over him, letting both hands go. The referee took a long look before stepping in and calling a halt to the contest at 2:55 of the frame.

With the win, Martin improved to a perfect 9-0-1 (8KO's), while Kinch drops to 5-2-1 (1KO).

OTHER RESULTS

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Alexis Santos kept his unbeaten record intact in impressive fashion with a devastating fourth-round TKO over the extremely awkward Marlon Hayes.

Santos, the fighting pride of Lawrence, MA, came out firing in the first, looking to close the show and give the hundreds of fans in attendance something to cheer about.

Things got a bit ugly though, as Hayes was more content on showboating and talking, rather than actually fighting.

By the third round, Santos had settled down and began picking his shots more wisely. His patience paid off in the fourth, as Santos was able to badly hurt Hayes. Not giving his opponent a chance to recover, Santos jumped all over him, and landed a thunderous four-punch combination that sent Hayes down in a heap. The referee immediately called a halt to the contest at 1:14 of the fourth round. With the victory, Santos improved to 10-0 (9KO's), while Hayes dropped to 23-12 (11KO's).

In a battle of towering once-beaten heavyweights, Daniel Marks (9-1-1, 6KO's) won a six-round majority decision over Jonathan Hamm (7-2, 5KO's). One judge had the bout even at 57-57, while the other two both scored it for Marks, 59-55 and 58-56.

Before a large contingent of fans, former New England Golden Gloves Champion Gerald Schifone, from Brockton, MA, successfully made his pro debut with an entertaining four-round unanimous decision over Springfield's Noel Garcia. Schifone was the aggressor throughout landing hard shots with both hands in each of the four rounds. Garcia hung tough, but just wasn't able to mount much of an offense. In the end, all three judges had the bout scored 40-36 for Schifone.

Chris Gilbert, from Windsor, VT, improved to 9-0 (7KO's) when a bloody Luis Viramontes failed to get out of his corner after round two.

In the opening bout of the night, Portland, Maine's Russell Lamour improved to a perfect 4-0 (2KO's) as he stopped pro-debuting Aquilano Brandao in the very first round of their scheduled four-round middleweight matchup. Lamour sent Brandao to the canvas three times, prompting the referee to stop the contest at 1:46 of round one.

Photo credit: DiBella Entertainment/Emily Harney

Comment on this article

brownsugar says:

Lundy gives an intense interview after a win. A real meat and potatoes trooper that deserves to ascend to at least one shot at a major opponent on one of the major cable networks.... 9 ESPN appearances... and he's finally looking like he has improved overall. Efficient, patient and explosive. Not a real banger but can stun and hurt guys when he lands his best punches. Probably wont win a title,... or if he does, he may not keep it that long, but he comes to fight every time... the guy looked like a welter or a junior middle standing next the announcer.. I'd like to see him again.

the Roast says:

It was a good effort by Lundy. I thought Ajose would win based on the tough fight he gave Matthysse.

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

I've always said that Lundy is a very skilled fighter. I was very impressed with the way that he effectively fought the entire bout from the southpaw stance, which negated Ajose's southpaw advantages as far as angles are concerned. There aren't many boxers that can "effectively" switch hit these days. He almost stopped Ajose with his left cross a couple of times during the bout.

Radam G says:

Lundy is naturally lefty. And it is LEFTY TIME, BABEEEE! Ajose is a naturally righty. And these righties oughta quit perpetrating a fraud. The dominant hand should always be the back hand. Lefties can adjust to fighting righty because the world is made for righties. From birth, we lefties learn to adjust, fit in and even dominate. But righties throw off their brain chemicals when they try to do a left-handed thing. And that is a scientific fact, JACK! Don't the messenger! Hate the message!

You don't glove catch the baseball with your dominant hand. You catch it with the weaker one. Let these dumb-arse perpetrating-a-fraud righties put their lead hand in front and wear it out while confusing the brains and wrecking and weaking the chemical make ups in dat dummy cranium.

In this battle of righties now fighting as lefties, the truth lefties fighting in any stance are going to whup arse -- as we have always DONE! We rule this bytch -- I mean world. Just look at all the major discoveries in history. Straight-up lefties RULE and ROCK! Look at the greatest leaders in history. Straight-up lefties, babeee! Look at the richest-and-at-the-top billionaires. Straight-up lefties, babeee! Look at the greatest actors and entertainers. Straight-up lefties, babeee! Hahahaha!

It is lefty TIME, BABEEEEE! Yall bettah recognize. Hehehehehehe! Holla!

Carmine Cas says:

Lundy looked composed and defensively sound in the ring

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

Lundy is naturally lefty. And it is LEFTY TIME, BABEEEE! Ajose is a naturally righty. And these righties oughta quit perpetrating a fraud. The dominant hand should always be the back hand. Lefties can adjust to fighting righty because the world is made for righties. From birth, we lefties learn to adjust, fit in and even dominate. But righties throw off their brain chemicals when they try to do a left-handed thing. And that is a scientific fact, JACK! Don't hate the messenger! Hate the message!

You don't glove catch the baseball with your dominant hand. You catch it with the weaker one. Let these dumb-arse perpetrating-a-fraud righties put their lead hand in front and wear it out while confusing the brains and wrecking and weaking the chemical make ups in dat dummy cranium.

In this battle of righties now fighting as lefties, the true lefties fighting in any stance are going to whup arse -- as we have always DONE! We rule this bytch -- I mean world. Just look at all the major discoveries in history. Straight-up lefties RULE and ROCK! Look at the greatest leaders in history. Straight-up lefties, babeee! Look at the richest-and-at-the-top billionaires. Straight-up lefties, babeee! Look at the greatest actors and entertainers. Straight-up lefties, babeee! Hahahaha!

It is lefty TIME, BABEEEEE! Yall bettah recognize. Hehehehehehe! Holla!


I have to disagree to a point. There are several natural orthodox fighters that have converted to southpaw that were good or great boxers. Winky Wright, Hector Camacho, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Chad Dawson to name a few. There also just as many southpaw boxers that fight out of the orthodox stance. Andre Ward is a good current illustration of this. The new school of boxing teaches that over 70% of a boxer's punches will come from his jab hand, therefore the dominant hand should be up front. Accuracy trumps power in many cases. However, a good boxer should be efficient in fighting out of both stances. As I stated earlier, the ability to effectively switch hit in boxing is a lost art.

Radam G says:

Read what I wrote, SRD! They started boxing as southpaws from childhood. So they didn't have chemical problems. Kids can adjust to anything. And you are wrong about two of them. The late, great Hector "Macho time" Camacho wrote with his right hand, as U.S. Prez Truman, Ford and Reagan did, but he did everything else with his left hand, as Da Manny does. And Marvelous Marvin Hagler is ambidextrous. He is the greatest ambidextrous fighter of all times.

Myself -- I can write both with hands. At Five years old in the Philippines, the teachers made me use my right hand. At eight-year old in the USA, the teachers figured out that I was a lefty and switched me to using my left hand. At 15-year old in Hong King Jesuit Broading School, Italian, India and Pinay nuns whupped my Asian-Boys wannabe arse and right handed me again for writing purposes. But for whup-arse purposes, I'm lefty all day and a bit of shift punching. Holla!

Radam G says:

BTW, SRD, southpaws were always turned to orthodox fighters back in the day. Carmen Basilio, Pinklin Thomas, Don Curry, Antonio Marco Barrera, Kelly Pavlik and -- as you said -- Andre Ward, to name a few.

As I said above, in my original post about lefties, southpaws can adjust easily to fighting conventional style. Right handers cannot convert easily to fighting southpaw. There are very, very few righties that become dominating southpaws. Winky Wright, Chad Dawson and Michael Moorer are the exception, not the rule. Holla!

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

BTW, SRD, southpaws were always turned to orthodox fighters back in the day. Carmen Basilio, Pinklin Thomas, Don Curry, Antonio Marco Barrera, Oscar De la Hoyas, Kelly Pavlik and -- as you said -- Andre Ward, to name a few.

As I said above, in my original post about lefties, southpaws can adjust easily to fighting conventional style. Right handers cannot convert easily to fighting southpaw. There are very, very few righties that become dominating southpaws. Winky Wright, Chad Dawson and Michael Moorer are the exception, not the rule. Holla!


Antonio Tarver is another orthodox/southpaw convert if I'm not mistaken. He was a borderline hall of famer before being caught on steriods. One reason you don't see more orthodox/southpaw conversion boxers is because of the lack of expertise in training and developing the style. It is hard to find trainers that can teach the footwork, pivots, and defensive manuevers that are vital to the stance unless they are also southpaw. My son is 5 1/2 and has been receiving boxing instruction since he was 4. He is right side dominant, but is learning to box as a southpaw via his coach, who is also a southpaw. He has the nuances down pretty well, but is a work in progress. He gives the right handed kids in his class fits lol.

Radam G says:

Your son will be successful and will adjust because of starting so young. My six-year old started boxing at first walk -- 10 months . He may or may not become an active boxer. My son is right handed, though. And will fight that way.

Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver is left-handed dominant. When he first ever boxed, the old-skool coaches/trainers made him do it as a right hander. He quit boxing as a teenager, then came back as a grow-@ss man and fought his natural way of southpaw. Holla!

Radam G says:

BTW, the main reason that the old-skool gurus made boxers fight conventional because otherwise the boxers could barely get matched even in sparring back in the day. Myself, my main coach/trainer/teacher -- from my inception in boxing -- was the late, great amateur coach Junior Robles. He, himself, was a slick, superquick, skilled southpaw and was ducked in the amateurs and pros. Holla!

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

is he down in Florida with the supreme team? coach Milton converts everybody to southpaw


No, Southern California. He is at Boxing Fitness Factory and Charles "Lucky" Brandon is the trainer and owner of the gym. Youtube Boxing Fitness Factory and you will see his videos on southpaw defense, philly shell, etc. He is good with kids and he teaches the true essence of the sport, which is "hit and not get hit."

Radam G says:

"Knock da grease off dat sucka and swim without getting wet" is the Genie Naazim's maxim of "hit and don't get hit." But I'm riding with the wisdom of the late, great Angie Dundee. When I was five years old, he told me that "When you swim, you get wet; when you box, you get hit. Just make it hard and make him pay when he touch you. Blast him and make him miss. And make him miss again, and blast him. Holla!

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