Hank Lundy outboxes DeMarcus Corley in Philly
In a well-matched crossroads bout, “Hammerin” Hank Lundy outpointed DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, earning a unanimous decision win Saturday night in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The lightweight contest was the main event of a Hard Hitting Promotions card that was streamed on Facebook by FightNight Live from the 2300 Arena.
Lundy, 34, had the benefit of youth on his side, compared to his 43-year-old counterpart partaking in his 80th fight. However for the first few rounds, the former junior welterweight champ, out of Washington D.C., was able to make Lundy think. With Lundy switching stances to start, Corley, 50-29-1 (28), stuck with the basics to find his left hand off the jab and, on a few occasions in the second, the southpaw forced Lundy to fight backward. Once Lundy found his jab in the third, Corley answered back with some of his best shots in the fight to start the fourth and, in that very moment, the fight seemed destined to be a highly competitive one between tacticians.
In the final minute of that fourth round, however, Lundy abruptly dropped Corley to ruin any of the momentum the latter had built. With the 10-point must system in place, Lundy may have nullified the work Corley had done.
Lundy, 29-6-1 (14), settled on the southpaw stance, from then on, and really took control of the fight, thanks to his assertive combination punching. By this time, Corley seemed to make sure he didn’t tire out too quick but Lundy’s speed started to show into the late rounds. His power left hand bopped Corley around the ring a few times but Lundy’s accurate jab really seemed to bother the slower fighter. The punch also disguised a lead right hook from Lundy, that also worked well to keep Corley from landing his left again. That said, even in a contest with plenty of experience between the two, youth prevailed.
Lundy, who made sure his hometown of Philadelphia gave Corley a round of applause, hopes to contend for a title again soon. This win marks his third since being stopped by Terence Crawford in his most recent title opportunity.
Derrick Webster earned a win in his first fight of 2018, outboxing Francisco Cordero for eight rounds to receive a unanimous decision (79-73, 80-72 twice).
A 6-foot-4 super middleweight fighting out of Glassboro, New Jersey, Webster, 25-1 (13), had a glaring height advantage on his Colombian opponent, that sometimes seemed fantastical from some angles. Webster, 35, pumped his long jab from a downward angle throughout and that’s all he really needed to keep his short opponent at bay. Cordero, 38-10 (29), doesn’t have a listed height on BoxRec but against Webster, he may have well been 5-foot-nothing. That didn’t keep him from wanting to get into a fight, however, and reaching right hands sporadically landed midway through the contest but, once Webster started to mix in combinations, Cordero was getting peppered. Even though he was well ahead on the cards, Webster still stepped into the eighth round looking for the knockout but Cordero was one tough customer for a guy his height.
Alycia Baumgardner kept her record perfect after outpointing Nydia Feliciano to a unanimous decision win after eight two-minute rounds of female junior lightweight action.
Baumgardner, 5-0 (4), went the distance for the first time in the convincing win and Feliciano, 9-10-3, was certainly the most durable fighter she has faced to date. Both threw a lot of shots but the more accurate ones came from the 23-year-old from Fremont, Ohio, who also showed a good defense to warrant many of the missing shots coming from her opponent.
Local prospect Jeremy Cuevas earned a fourth round stoppage of Mike Fowler to remain undefeated. The lightweight contest was scheduled for six.
Cuevas, 7-0 (6), was aggressive out of his southpaw stance but his accuracy quickly gave his right-handed opponent issues. The 22-year-old’s left hand fired up the middle often and long, with varied lead rights and he managed to drop Fowler for a knockdown in each of the first two rounds. Fowler, 6-13 (2), benefited from a third round in which Cuevas eased off the gas pedal but, once the Philadelphia native turned it back on in the fourth, the fight was stopped before the fifth was allowed to begin.
Heavyweight prospect Hasim Rahman Jr. earned a majority decision win over Ronny Hale after four competitive rounds. One judge at ringside called the bout a 38-38 draw but his card was overruled by the scores of 40-36 and 39-37 for Rahman, who didn’t have an impressive outing that would’ve reflected that tally.
Rahman, 4-0 (3), did get off to a great start with his aggressiveness but, at the end of round one, a straight right hand popped him on the chin and it changed his demeanor going forward. Hale, 3-11 (3), parlayed that success into a competitive second round but, in the third, it seemed like the 34-year-old couldn’t miss. Rahman, 26, was bopped around for much of that third and, if it weren’t for Hale being dead tired in the final round, Rahman wouldn’t have got the win – or so it seemed.
In the opening bout of the Hard Hitting Promotions card, Michael Crain, 1-1, survived a scare in the final round to edge Dillon Kasprzak with a split decision and ruin the hometown kid’s pro debut.
The middleweight contest was action-packed throughout the four rounds and seemingly every round was close, except for the final one, in which Kasprzak hurt and dropped Crain with more than half a round remaining. Crain, Smyma, Delaware, still fought out the round well, despite being on shaky legs, and he spurred a final exchange that had the fans in attendance on their feet. The bout was scored 38-37 on all three cards but two of them were in favor of Crain.