PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                                            April 01, 2011


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Philadelphia's Hammerin' Hank Lundy grabbed the vacant NABF lightweight championship Friday night with a tough but sound unanimous 10-round decision over Patrick Lopez of Londonderry, CT (via Venezuela). The bout took place at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, and was nationally broadcast live on ESPN2. Lundy floored Lopez in round two and did plenty to earn the decision of the three judges by scores of 99-91, 97-92 and 95-94. Although two of the scores were quite wide, it was a competitive and entertaining fight.

Lundy ruled the roost early with his high work rate and his aggressive flashy style. Although there were glimpses of the old devil-may-care Hammerin' Hank, he kept pretty true to his pre-fight comments that his days of wild and reckless abandon were over. During the fight however, he still had a glimmer in his eye that said he was bursting to let the sparks fly again. But without question, this was a more mature and composed Lundy.

Lopez made the fight difficult with his effective jab, but had to spend so much time defending Lundy's surging assaults, that he ultimately came up short on the scorecards. A rousing tenth and final round capped the very good fight and made it look like the decision might be a squeaker. However, two of the three judges (Robert Paolino and Don Trella) scored the contest heavily in Lundy's favor. The third judge (Peter Hary) had it rather tight.

The victory improved Lundy's record to 20-1-1 with 10 KOs. His lone loss was the nationally televised boner he pulled last summer which cost him his NABO belt and marked his record with an embarrassing TKO loss after easily leading through most of the fight. However, that high-profile error might prove to be the best thing that ever happened to Lundy, if it taught him to be more careful in the ring. He certainly has an array of tools to use in the game. We can only imagine what a fully composed non-reckless Henry Lundy can do. Congrats to Hank on the latest addition to his belt collection.




John DiSanto - News & Notes - April 01, 2011