“What’s going to happen when he faces someone who can do the same things he can do? He’s nothing special.”
Hank Lundy, on the man he’ll face Saturday night at MSG- WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford
Well, HBO thinks he’s special. So does his promoter Bob Arum, as the Top Rank dinosaur would love nothing more than a sensational knockout victory this Saturday night in New York City at the world’s most famous arena. Clearly, “Don Bob” is setting up his poker table for an ultimate duel between Crawford and Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao– a fighter he doesn’t believe is retiring anytime soon.
But assuming Pacquiao takes care of his business on April 9 in Las Vegas against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand, “Bud” would have to first handle his in grand fashion opposite the pesky and faucet mouthed Lundy, who believes the Crawford bandwagon has all kinds of holes in the tires. Since “Hammerin Hank” has basically promised to push that wagon – and Crawford – off the top of the Empire State Building in front of HBO cameras, the stage is set for Crawford (27-0, 19KO’s) to prove his elite pound-for-pound status.
“Who has Terence fought? A [5-foot-2 Yuriorkis] Gamboa?” asked Lundy during a media conference call Tuesday before barking about a long list of former opponents he feels are better than Crawford. As outrageous as Lundy (26-5-1, 13KO’s) is – and sounds – he does have a point, while owning a considerably better pedigree than Crawford.
The hard-nosed and charismatic Philadelphia product has been in there with a who’s who list of top notch fighters from 135-140lbs. Among them is WBC super lightweight champ Viktor Postol (to whom he lost a razor-thin decision against in Russia). In fact, he’s either beaten quality foes or came very close to beating them if his career is put under a microscope, lending serious validity to the bullhorn attached to his lips.
“Victor is a better technician than Crawford. I mean, Crawford gets hit a lot,” Lundy swaggered. “What people have to look at with Terence, he switches up between righty and southpaw. OK. That’s what he does to throw people off, but in the midst of switching it up, he gets hit.
“Most of these guys get confused, but I’ve been watching him since he popped up on the scene at 135 [pounds]. Nothing has changed for me. He doesn’t impress me. When you’ve got the right guy in front of him that can do the things I can do, we’ll see if he can handle that. We’ll see how he adjusts. I’m battle-tested. He’s never faced anyone like me.”
Lundy wasn’t done.
“Everybody know Terence doesn’t talk much, he doesn’t say much,” Lundy dropped. “He don’t act a certain way but you’ve seen a different Terence Crawford leading up to this fight, voicing his opinion, cursing, saying he’s from the streets and been shot. You ain’t never seen that from Terence Crawford.”
First of all, Crawford did not take part in this call. Instead, he chose to spend this past Tuesday at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn with a few military veterans while Lundy was running his mouth. When told of Lundy’s latest verbal barrage, “Bud” admitted he’s been irritated by all of the non-stop verbal bricks hurled in his direction. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to do a lot of talking in the ring while he’s getting f*cked up too,” said Crawford, going in on Lundy heavy. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s talked himself into a major beating. Man I can’t wait to get at him on the 27th.”
But then came Thursday, February 25th and the final press conference for their bout. Real Combat Media was on the scene to witness Crawford blowing a gasket on Lundy– while nearly shoving him onto 34th street and into oncoming traffic (I’m exaggerating folks, but it was close).
To understand how real the beef is between Lundy and Crawford, let’s rewind back to December 2014. You see, Lundy has just lost a very narrow decision to Thomas Dulorme and Crawford decided to send Lundy a little advice. Told Lundy he should’ve trained harder. Lundy, already feeling some kind of way over a fight he didn’t think he lost– lost his mind over this advice.
“You tellin’ me to train?? Man listen, you need to look at that and tell her to train,” offered a grimey Lundy, referencing Crawford’s girlfriend and [the mother of his children].
Crawford has actually shown a great deal of restraint during these proceedings and quietly harbors an intense hatred of Lundy. While it is true that Lundy has the better resume on print and in theory- he hasn’t beaten guys that Crawford has, and appeared to be “Punk’d” in the aftermath of yesterday’s final presser in a way that would make Ashton Kusher blush. Because his pedigree is in fact higher than Crawford’s, a victory over Lundy will mean that much more. I expect the better overall talent and athleticism of the ambidextrous Crawford to surface right away, as “Bud” makes an emphatic pound-for-pound statement on the big stage of New York City. A very game Lundy will fight very bravely and lose very badly, getting himself KTFO in 5 thrilling rounds.