There was some great boxing action in the month of February as Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg gave the boxing world an explosive affair in the second half of that fight. Frampton stalked Quigg from the 7th round until the final bell en route to retaining his IBF junior featherweight title and capturing Quigg’s WBA junior featherweight title.
The Frampton vs. Quigg fight was by far the most intriguing fight in the month of February, but there was another fight, however, that sparked Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) attention for the Fight of the Month for February 2016. That fight was the beating that Terence Crawford gave to Hank Lundy on February 27, 2016.
Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford continues to impress the boxing world as this time he took his destructive boxing show to Madison Square Garden in New York. The Madison Square Garden crowd was treated to high drama as ‘Hammerin’ Hank Lundy was not coming to New York just to collect a paycheck, but rather bring the fight to Crawford early on which produced great action for as long as the fight lasted.
Heading into the fight, Lundy wanted to let the boxing world know that he was coming to Madison Square Garden to take that WBO junior welterweight title away from Crawford. With that said, Crawford knew that he was going to have to bring the fire to the tough and rugged Lundy.
In the 1st round, both fighters started out using the jab. Even though Lundy is well known for staying cautious and boxing smartly in fights, he started out the fight guns blazing as he landed the 1st big punch in the fight. Crawford started out tight again as it seemed as though Crawford was feeling out Lundy in the early rounds before he decided to explode on him.
Lundy continued to sell out with wild shots in the 1st round as he managed to back Crawford up with his unprecedented aggressive approach. Lundy won the 1st round emphatically with his aggressive approach that gave Crawford some trouble.
In round 2, Lundy settled back down and started to box Crawford like the boxing world thought he would do from the start, while Crawford was still in feel out mode. Lundy landed some great jabs on Crawford in the 2nd, but Crawford started to target Lundy’s forehead with the right hand in hopes of catching Lundy with the left.
Lundy continued to fire away with jabs in round 3, while Crawford was starting to land some hard accurate shots on Lundy which gave the boxing world an indication that Crawford was waking up out of his tightness mode and ready to open up on Lundy with combinations and power shots. As round 3 was coming to an end, Crawford caught Lundy with a hard right hand that got Lundy’s attention.
In round 4, the fight turned into a game of cat and mouse as both fighters settled down and started to cautiously box each other. As round 4 continued, a street fight broke out in the ring as the 2 fighters traded devastating hard shots in the middle of the ring to the satisfaction of the Madison Square Garden crowd.
Lundy cracked Crawford with a hard left hand as round 4 was winding down that may have won him the 4th. Round 5 would prove to be another bone-crushing round for Crawford as he finally figured out the Lundy puzzle and proceed to break him down. Crawford landed a hard left hand on Lundy that sent Lundy wobbling.
Crawford continued his brutal attack on Lundy as he shot out the double right jab, followed by a straight left hand that sent Lundy crashing to the canvas. Lundy got up from the knockdown, but was clearly still on dream street. Crawford closed the show with a devastating flurry on Lundy, Lundy was not responding back, and the referee stopped the fight.
Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford was awarded the 5th round TKO victory, thus, retaining his WBO junior welterweight title.
Terence Crawford’s status as one of the best fighters in the sport is rising day by day. The fact that he starts out cautious in fights only to collect boxing data in time to explode on his opponents is flat out amazing. Crawford’s brutal stoppage of Lundy captivated the boxing world, thus, was chosen as Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) Fight of the Month for February 2016.
After the fight, Lundy felt the fight was stopped prematurely, but there were times in the last moments of this fight where he took some serious leather and he did not respond back so it was definitely a good stoppage by the referee.
So what’s next for Terence Crawford? Well Crawford is getting better and better so I would love to see him in the ring with anyone from 140 to 147 pounds. No matter who is next for the red hot Terence Crawford, the boxing world will be waiting in anticipation to see him in the ring again.
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