LUNDY CLOSING IN ON TITLE LIGHTWEIGHT SHOT, BUT MUST WIN THIS WEEK
By Kirk Lang
Press Release: There are few things better than a fight in Atlantic City in the prime of summer, and this Friday the always entertaining “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy will be the main attraction at Resorts Hotel Casino. Taking on pressure fighter Raymundo Beltran of Phoeniz, AZ, the Philadelphia lightweight will be making his ninth appearance on ESPN’s airwaves. Lundy may be the best fighter Rhode Island-based promoter Jimmy Burchfield has had since Burchfield turned Chad Dawson – the current king of the light heavyweight division – from a budding pro into a contender. Dawson however, subsequently left Burchfield for the higher profile Gary Shaw before securing a world title shot.
Lundy, currently rated #1 at lightweight by the WBC, is an expert boxer with fast hands and educated feet. In fact, his only loss – 11th round stoppage to John Molina, Jr. two years ago this month – was due in part to some ill-timed showboating.
In a fight he was winning handily after 10 rounds of action, Lundy foolishly grabbed the ropes with his right hand after Molina let loose with a burst of punches capped off by a strong left hook. Lundy’s act of machismo left him open for another powerful left . Seconds later, Molina broke through Lundy’s guard with a right that made him drop slightly along the ropes. Four punches later, the fight was stopped and Lundy was no longer unbeaten. That was Lundy’s first and only loss.
Win or lose, “Hammerin’” Hank is always fun to watch. In fact, in his last two fights - impressive wins over Dannie Williams and former world champion David Diaz – Lundy tasted the canvas before notching victory. He hit the deck in the opening frame against Williams and was sent to the canvas in the fourth against Diaz.
The 28-year-old Lundy has won four straight since losing to Molina, and his opponents had a combined record of 91-8-1. Beltran, his opponent this Friday, is expected to further prepare him for his presumed pending world title opportunity. Lundy, 22-1-1 (11 KOs) is the eventual mandatory for WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco. However, DeMarco is first slated to fight Molina on September 8th in Oakland, CA. Lundy definitely has a rooting interest in that fight, because if Molina pulls off the win, it’s a two-for-one deal for Lundy - a chance to become a world champion while getting revenge against the only man to defeat him.
Tickets for Friday’s “Title Wave” fight card can be purchased at http://www.resortsac.com/component/rsevents/event/47-title-wave-boxing-espn?Itemid=435 or by calling CES Boxing at 401-724-2253 or 401-724-2254.