PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - February 16, 2016  
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Story & photos by John DiSanto


After ten years as a professional boxer, junior welterweight contender Hammerin’ Hank Lundy, 26-5-1, 13 KOs, only has eleven more days to wait for his first opportunity to win a world title.  Lundy faces WBO 140-pound champ Terence Crawford, 27-0, 19 KOs, on Saturday, February 27th, at Madison Square Garden Theater.  The bout will be televised live on HBO. 

Getting a shot against Crawford, a man many feel is one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, may seem like a mixed blessing for Lundy.  However, the always-confident South Philadelphian is raring to go for this, the biggest fight of his career.     

On Tuesday at an open media workout held at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philly, Lundy promised that he’d show the world against Crawford.  The out-spoken boxer addressed the large contingent of press, photographers, as well as a hoard of fans and well-wishers.  The challenger appeared loose and confident and clearly sounded ready for the fight of his life. 

“Fighting at Madison Square Garden is a dream come true, Lundy said.  “One of the biggest places in boxing.  There was a time when I couldn’t even imagine fighting there, but hard work and determination lands you anywhere in the world.” 

“Training camp has been excellent,” Lundy said.  “I’ve been having some guys in here that have been trying to kick my butt.  And that’s what you want.  I’m a fighter that wants nothing easy.  When I go in that ring and the fight’s hard, I make it look easy.  And that all comes from training camp.  So, all the guys that have come down here trying to kick my butt, I appreciate you.  We took it to another level in this camp.  Sparring four guys with each guy trying to kill me.” 

“Most of the guys who come up in the fight game have the silver spoon in their mouth with a big promoter pushing them,” Lundy said.  “But everything I did was through hard work, no big time promoter.  With CES, Jimmy Burchfield, Classic Entertainment Sports, what we did was we showed everybody what hard work and determination can get you.  Never let a loss get you down in your career or get you down in your life.  Never give up.  And that’s one thing I never did.  I never gave up.  Every time I get in there and fight, I think about what my life has been on these streets of Philadelphia.  It’s a hard place to come up.  I have to say that I showed everybody what hard work and determination can do.” 

“This is the fight business,” Lundy continued.  “Growing up on the streets of Philadelphia, you can’t say (whether) you’re ready to fight.  If somebody comes up to you, you have to fight!  There’s not no ‘I ain’t ready to fight’.  I’m old school.  They always say that a championship fight is only a phone call away.  That’s why we stay ready.” 

“It really burns me up that I’m finally getting my just due,” Lundy said.  “I’m mad about that because the truth is, I should been having a world title shot.  I’m happy it came, but I’m mad at the same time.  I’m upset because a lot of people overlooked me.  I read everything.  I sit back and I endure it.  I take it in.  I digest it, and that’s my attitude right now.  I’m angry, and on fight night, you’re going to be able to tell by the way I’m punching.”   

“I guarantee that in this fight, you’re going to see him get exposed,” Lundy promised.  “Everybody put him up on a pedestal.  When you think about it, I can do it all.  Southpaw, right handed, banging, on the right hand side, on the left hand side.  I’ve been in there with every style there is, and I can fight every style there is.  So really, I have a big advantage.  They might not feel so, but I do.  On fight night, you will see.” 




John DiSanto - South Philly - February 16, 2016