Hank Lundy Fighting For Second Time in a Month, On ESPN

VERONA, N.Y. (Jan. 15th, 2015) — Here he is again, on the road facing an opponent with a huge record on short notice in front of a worldwide television audience with perhaps his entire career on the line.

What might unnerve most fighters translates to another day in the office for CES Boxing’s “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy.

Ranked No. 4 among lightweights in the World Boxing Council (WBC), Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) will step back into the ring Friday night at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in the 10-round co-feature of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights against hard-hitting Russian Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 17 KOs).

Less than five weeks after his loss to Thomas Dulorme on HBO in a 140-pound bout in Brooklyn, the Philadelphia slugger is again putting it all on the line, agreeing to face the dangerous Petrov on just nine day’s notice. No tune-up. No walk in the park. Just another highly anticipated ring war that could Lundy back in the conversation for a long-overdue shot at a world title in the 135-pound division.

“They think they’re catching me off guard,” Lundy said. “I just fought December 6th on HBO and put on one hell of a performance. I’m looking forward to coming back to ESPN and doing the same thing.”

Friday’s card, promoted by Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions, features a 10-round middleweight bout between Willie Monroe Jr. and Brian Vera. Given his flair for the dramatic and ability to rise to the occasion under the bright lights of network television, Lundy could steal the show against the powerful, but untested, Petrov. Friday will be just his third fight on U.S. soil with Lundy representing his most challenging opponent since Petrov fought Marcos Maidana in 2011 for the 140-pound world title.

“Petrov likes to fight on the inside,” Lundy said. “He likes to come forward and throw a lot of uppercuts and right hands. I’m going to display to the whole world once again that ‘Hammerin” Hank is right here and ready for a world title shot. After we clean this guy up, we can’t denied.”

Lundy’s been in this position before, once traveling to Montreal on short notice to fight on the televised portion of another FNF broadcast, where he dominated Omri Lowther in front of Lowther’s hometown fans. On Friday, he’ll be back in his comfort zone fighting at 135 pounds, where he’s had his most success as a professional.

The loss to Dulorme was a lesson of sorts for Lundy, who picked himself up off the canvas in the opening round and shook off a slow start to turn it into a competitive fight, so close, in fact, that one judge awarded the decision to Lundy. Dulorme escaped with a 97-92, 93-96, 96-93 split decision win, but Lundy won over many new fans with his gritty performance.

“What I learned is to stick to your game plan,” he said, “and know your true definition of you.

“Everyone knows I’m a boxer-puncher, but in that fight I went into stalking mode and went in for the kill. Never abandon what gets you to the top. That’s what I did wrong in that fight. Everything I did to get to ESPN, Showtime and HBO, I abandoned in that fight. I’m a fast guy, but I got away from that a bit.”

Leaving the gym or taking time off following the loss to Dulorme was never an option, hence why Lundy was ready when he got the call to challenge Petrov on Friday night. Opportunity is knocking again for one of boxing’s most colorful fighters and this time Lundy is primed to answer the bell.

“After that fight in December, I left with no bruises. I wish I could say the same for my opponent. I think he left with a broken jaw,” Lundy said. “At the end of the day it’s back to the drawing board. I shook the rust off and got right back in the gym and continued training. This is my job. I learned from Bernard Hopkins to stay on your job and stay on your craft.”

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COMMENTS

-Glass Joe :

I think "stay on your craft" also means making weight. This fight is cancelled?Lundy missed making weight by 4 pounds, so writes Dan Rafael. "Hammerin" Hank Lundy, who accepted Friday's fight with 2014 Boxcino lightweight tournament winner Petr Petrov less than two weeks ago, forced the bout to be canceled Thursday when he missed weight by 4 pounds. Lundy weighed in at 139 pounds, 4 over the lightweight limit, while Petrov easily made weight at 133? pounds. The evenly matched bout was due to open this week's "Friday Night Fights" (ESPN2, 9 ET) card at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Lundy was coming off a split-decision loss to Thomas Dulorme on HBO on Dec. 6 in an entertaining junior welterweight bout. However, Lundy has often fought at lightweight and accepted the fight with Petrov at the lower weight. Instead of Petrov (35-4-2, 17 KOs) taking on Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs), the new opener will be a middleweight bout between Brandon Adams (14-1, 9 KOs) and Lekan Byfield (6-6-2, 1 KO). Adams will be fighting for the first time since losing a decision to Willie Monroe Jr. in the final of the 2014 Boxcino middleweight tournament last May. The main event features Monroe (18-1, 6 KOs), in his first appearance since winning the 2014 Boxcino middleweight tournament against Adams. Monroe will face Bryan Vera (23-8, 14 KOs). Monroe and Vera each weighed 160 pounds at Thursday's weigh-in.


-brownsugar :

Disappointing Glass Joe....thanks for dropping the bad news... Don't kill the messenger, kill the news.


-oubobcat :

I am going to this card and must say was really disappointed when I saw the news. But I will say this. Kudos to Petrov and his team for not going through with the fight. I have vented my frustration on here a few times regarding fighters not making weight and then essentially being allowed to buy a weight advantage. This is unfair and dangerous in my opinion. Often times television either directly or indirectly puts pressure on the fighters who abide by the rules to go through with the fight for a few more bucks though they are putting themselves and their career on the line. After taking some time digesting the news, am glad Petrov and his team took a stand and did not go through with the fight. I am sure there was some pressure but in the end its a wise move for the fighter's long term career. My question is why did Lundy sign the contract knowing he'd have trouble making the weight. Why not try to negotiate a catchweight? Why not be honest upfront? I think he never had any intention of getting to 135 and was hoping to buy an advantage. He figured his name and the excuse of 10 days notice would be enough for everyone involved to go through with the fight. He did not care about the overall purse but wanted an opportunity to quickly jump back into contention with a big win on national tv. Again kudos to Petrov and his team for essentially calling Lundy out and not going through with the fight at a disadvantage.