On February 27, 2016, Terence Crawford will step into the ring against his biggest boxing test to date in ‘Hammerin’ Hank Lundy. Crawford will be looking to impress the Madison Square Garden crowd by walking through the tough and rugged Hank Lundy, but the task will be easier said than done.
‘Hammerin’ Hank Lundy has been waiting for his opportunity to fight for a legitimate world title and now he has his chance as he will move up from lightweight to junior middleweight to challenge the upstart Terence Crawford for Crawford’s WBO junior welterweight title. Lundy is going to bring to table some good hand speed and defense into the ring as he loves to move behind his jab and create opportunities to counterpunch.
Lundy, however, has lost 2 out of last 3 fights, but he still poses a serious threat to Crawford given how Crawford is super aggressive in the ring. In Lundy’s last fight, he bounced back from his losses against Thomas Dulorme and Mauricio Herrera to stop the mediocre stepping stone that is Carlos Winston Velasquez.
I will say that Lundy’s last opponent had more of a losing basketball record than a boxing record, but sometimes when fighters lose back to back fights, they need a fight to regain their confidence and Carlos Winston Velasquez was the perfect opponent for Lundy.
Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford has been setting the boxing world on fire ever since his boxing war with Yuriorkis Gamboa back in June of 2014. Crawford’s unbelievable aggressive boxing style has allowed him to move from lightweight to junior welterweight where he captured the vacant WBO junior welterweight title over Thomas Dulorme back in April of 2015.
In his last fight, Crawford was faced with a huge boxing test when he faced off against the always gamed Dierry Jean on October 24, 2015. Heading into the fight, Jean had never been stopped by any fighter in his professional boxing career. Crawford managed to do what no other fighter was able to accomplished, and that was stop Dierry Jean.
Crawford used his effective aggression to overwhelm Jean en route to an impressive 10th round TKO victory, thus, retaining his WBO junior welterweight title.
Now Crawford has his sights set on a more focused fighter in Lundy who has gotten his confidence back which should make for a great fight. Hank will attempt to control the center of the ring in this fight, while I expect for Crawford to try and steamroll ‘Hammerin’ Hank in hopes of continuing his climb as one the best fighters in the world. The Terence Crawford vs. Hank Lundy fight should produce fireworks, and I expect the boxing world to be pleased with what could be a potential 2015 fight of the year candidate kind of fight.
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