Henry Lundy looks to hammer Terence Crawford

Hank Lundy

 

Terence Crawford, 27-0 (19), will battle challenger Henry Lundy, 26-5-1 (13), on Feb. 27 from Madison Square Garden in New York City (HBO, 10 p.m. ET/PT). Crawford will look to make the second defense of the vacant WBO junior welterweight title he picked up when he stopped Thomas Dulorme in six rounds last April in Texas. Lundy will look to upset the odds and pick up his first world title with a win over popular, Omaha, Nebraska-based star Crawford.

 

While Lundy has shown flashes of elite level skills in his near-10-year, 32-fight career, he has also picked up a draw and five losses along the way. However, this doesn’t appear to affect his confidence in any way, going into his fight with Crawford. In fact, if pre-fight trash talk is any indication, Lundy plans on hanging a loss, and an early stoppage, on the undefeated Crawford.

 

However, that is a tough assignment as Crawford is one of boxing’s most talented fighters. Already a huge star in his hometown of Omaha, “Bud” is a superstar in the making. Crawford certainly appears to have the whole package in speed, skills, a good chin, a good defense and the ability and willingness to dog it hard in the trenches if necessary and, that is exactly who challenger Lundy appears to want in his opposite corner. But against a fighter like Crawford he might want to be careful what he wishes for.

 

Traditionally, the somewhat shy and soft-spoken Crawford is confident before fights, displaying minimal bravado. However, Lundy appears to have caught Crawford’s attention with some of his pre-fight remarks and has brought out an agitated side in his opponent.

 

In the pre-fight build-up, both fighters didn’t hold back on their bold predictions for the 27th in New York.

 

“Terence, excuse my French: I’m on your ass,” said an animated Lundy.“I’m a street guy too. We can take it to the streets and you don’t want none of that. Fight night, it’s gonna be a helluva show and I guarantee I’m gonna come in here and take this man’s belt. He’s never seen nobody that had the same tools as me: southpaw, right-handed, speed, punching power. It’s on. Man, listen, you talking to the king of switch-hitting. Before everybody been on HBO, Showtime doing it, ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ was on ESPN doing it. This is what I do. If Crawford switch southpaw, that’s his ass. He come in that fight right-handed, that’s his ass. It just don’t matter with me. I’ve been in there with every single style and, at the end of the day, we’re ready for whatever.”

 

Crawford, a former champion at 135 pounds, responded, “Everybody knows you, Hank. You’re like ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf.’ You’re always wolfing. You talk a good game but then, when you lose, it’s some extra little, ‘Ah well, you know. It’s me, Hank. I’m gonna do this. I’m gonna do that.’ You ain’t gonna do shit. You talk about how street you is. That’s talking, boy. We know about you. We heard about you getting socked up in the gym and ain’t do nothing but, for real, though; when you look at me in my eyes, I’m about that mess though. You heard about me. You heard my background.”

 

Lundy then got straight to the point, saying, “I’m looking to stop (Crawford). Point blank. I’m making a statement. I’m gonna go in there and do what I’m gonna do. I ain’t putting no pressure but I’m looking for an early stoppage.”

 

Added an unimpressed Crawford, “Lundy runs his mouth too much. He’s about to get hurt real bad. I’m gonna hit him in his mouth and he gonna end up like (Crawford’s previous opponent, Dierry) Jean and he gonna get what he’s looking for.”

 

Prediction? Hammerin’ Hank can fight but he is in tough against a talented fighter like Bud Crawford. I like Crawford in a mid-to-late rounds stoppage.

 

 

Questions and comments can be sent to Bill Tibbs at hwtibbs@shaw.ca and you can follow him at twitter.com/tibbs_bill.

 

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