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COACH RAMEY SAYS LUNDY FEARS NO MAN - INCLUDING CRAWFORD

Story by John DiSanto
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. - dcobbjr.com
 

 
   

Unlike his fighter Hank Lundy, Coach Charles Ramey is not the trash-talking type. Ramey has been in the boxing game for decades, and speaks much softer than his brash boxer.  However, he and Lundy share the same confidence and believe that Saturday’s fight with Terence Crawford, at Madison Square Garden Theater, is one that Lundy will win. 

Although Lundy’s staff has been like a revolving door through the years, Ramey was Lundy’s first trainer, and now finds himself back in Lundy’s corner for the biggest fight of the 140-pounder’s career.  They joined forces the day Hank first entered South Philly’s Marian Anderson Rec Center, fourteen years ago. 

“I am the original trainer,” Coach Ramey said.  “I had him from the beginning.” 

Lundy separated from Ramey due to the typically greener pastures that a rising prospect often perceives elsewhere.  In the years that followed Hank’s split from Ramey, Team Lundy changed faces numerous times and much water passed under the bridge.  However, for the past year or so, Hammerin’ Hank has been reunited with Ramey, and both trainer and fighter think the return to roots will help bring the title back to Philly.   

“Now, after two fights back with me, he’s getting a world title fight,” Ramey said. “The opportunity is there, now it’s just time to maximize on it.” 

IS HANK A MORE MATURE FIGHTER THIS TIME AROUND?
“This fight has made a difference,” Ramey said.  “He’s more focused.  He’s more intense in his training.  He’s taken everything up to another level for this fight.  He knows this fight is about to be a career-changer for him.  It’s a wonderful fight. The whole camp feels that it’s a very wonderful fight.” 

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CRAWFORD AS A FIGHTER?
“I have the utmost respect for him,” Ramey said.  “So far, everything he’s been expected to do, he did it in good fashion and form.  To me, he’s a very well-disciplined fighter.  But come February 27th, I don’t like him and I don’t respect him no more because that night I’ll have someone on the other side of the ring from him.” 

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT VS. CRAWFORD?
“To be truthful with you, everything.  Everything,” Ramey said.  “He’s a sound fighter.  That’s why he’s number four or five in the world pound for pound.” 

WHAT DOES LUNDY BRING TO THE FIGHT?
“He has been in there with much better opposition than Crawford,” Ramey said. “Not downing Crawford, but Crawford hasn’t been in there with athletes like Hank has.  Hank has beaten some top, world class fighters.  Crawford’s 27-0, but he knows that this is probably going to be his toughest, hardest fight that he ever had because he’s in there with a guy with comparable speed.  In there with a guy that can switch up and do the same thing you do.  What I’ve seen so far, he (Crawford) hasn’t had that look before.  So he knows in his mind that they both talk a lot of smack back and forth, but believe me, both of them has the utmost respect for each other.” 

HANK IS CONFIDENT; COULD HE BE TOO CONFIDENT?
“You can talk one thing, but in your inner sense, you know what you’re going up against,” Ramey said.  “You know what this man (Crawford) is bringing to the table.  I feel both of them have a certain amount of respect (for each other).  Hank knows this may be the hardest fight of his life and that a lot of the things he’s been doing in previous fights, he can’t do in this fight because this boy will capitalize on it.  So he knows.  He’s more focused.  He’s listening.  He’s doing things I’m asking him to do.  So that tells me that he’s done took it up to another level.  He’s respecting Crawford because how do you not respect him?  The man’s never been beat.  He can fight.  So you’re crazy not to.” 

IS BEING THE UNDERDOG A GOOD THING?
“Everybody has Hank as a big underdog, and I love that,” Ramey said.  “I love being the underdog because you don’t have that pressure.  Crawford not only feels he has to win, he has to look good in this win.  If Hank puts a hurtin’ on him and Crawford just gets a win, that’s not good for him because they have him on this platitude of being the best pound for pound.  One of the best.  So he always has to WIN.  That’s the kind of pressure he has on him.” 

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WILL HAPPEN ON FIGHT NIGHT?
“This is what’s going to make this fight so interesting come the 27th,” Ramey said. “Which one can impose their will on the other?  Which one can stay with the game plan and execute and throw the other one off their strategy?  Crawford’s a very huge favorite because he’s been doing everything right.  27-0 with 19 knockouts. But you never see fear in Hank.  He fears no man.  He don’t believe no one can beat him.  He don’t believe even Mayweather can beat him.” 

   
 

 

 
 


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