Hank Lundy may not be as big an underdog as Buster Douglas was back on February 11, 1990 — but nobody outside of Philadelphia is giving the trash talking lightweight a chance against Bud Crawford on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Making his first visit to the “The Mecca of Boxing,” — Crawford, the undefeated, two-division WBO super lightweight champion will be his second defense of the 140-pound title he captured last April.
Lundy, a 10-1 underdog, will have to solve the riddle that includes Crawford’s aptitude to change between southpaw and orthodox stances at any moment during his fights — while delivering with equal power and precision from either side.
Tthe edge of course goes to Crawford, the taller and younger fighter with a higher knockout percentage — with dominating wins against Dierry Jean, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Thomas Dulorme — who ironically has a 10-round split-decision over Lundy from December 2014.
In Lundy, you have a tough and rugged Philadelphia fighter — who is a savvy veteran — looking to win a career-defining fight, while antagonizing Crawford step of the way.
For Lundy to win, he’ll have to box well, slip well, while also maintaining a solid outside base that could frustrate Bud Crawford.
Lundy will have to counterpunch well at times, while making Crawford miss, saving the pressure tactics for the later rounds.
Crawford will have to avoid fighting mad — after he finally had enough — shoving Lundy during the final press conference.
Crawford — a well-rounded boxer and puncher — will rely his normal stance switching — technical game plan — while looking to take Lundy out the first chance he gets. The intelligent ring general will likely pace himself in the early rounds, studying Lundy, while also figuring which stance will provide him the most success.
Lundy will likely look for the early stoppage, so the fight should be exciting from the opening bell, unless Crawford figures Lundy out from the beginning and just takes him to school, making easy work of the loud talking Philly fighter.
I like Crawford in a late-round TKO.