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Terence Crawford will defend title against Hank Lundy

Terence "Bud" Crawford Professional BoxerFor months now top junior welterweights have been “ducking” to challenge titleholder Terence Crawford. Former title holder Ruslan Provodnikov, reigning titleholder Viktor Postol and top contenders Lucas Matthysse and Mauricio Herrera.

Many of the fighters claim they could not make the February 27th deadline. That left Hank Lundy the 5th option on the list who actually accepted the fight. He will challenge Crawford on an HBO televised on a “World Championship Boxing” main event. Crawford will be a heavy favorite to win the fight. Lundy lost fights to Raymundo Beltran and Thomas Dulorme who both lost easily to Crawford.Hanklundy

“Hank Lundy has been waiting for a well-deserved opportunity like this his whole life, and he is hungry and ready for this bout,” said Jimmy Burchfield, Lundy’s promoter. “Hammerin’ Hank has never turned down an opportunity, and in his past 17 bouts, he has fought in 13 different states against opponents with a combined record of 276-44-4. On Feb. 27 the world will see the best Hank Lundy yet.”  Crawford, the 2014 fighter of the year hoped to land the fight with Manny Pacquiao April 9th, but unfortunately, he picked Timothy Bradley.

terenceCrawford2Regardless of the opponent, Crawford said, “I will show the world I am the best at 140 pounds.” Arum hopes that the Lundy fight will be one of possibly four fights for Crawford in 2016.”At least three fights,” Arum said. “If he comes through against Lundy, we’ll have him back in the ring in June or July and then at least once in the fall, maybe twice. We’ve got to keep him busy and keep him out there.”  Lundy (26-5, 13 kos) will be looking to shock the world and make a statement in this fight.

“This is the type of fight I have been waiting for,” Lundy said. “The last couple of fights I have beaten guys but didn’t get their fair shake. If you’re a true fan of boxing, you know I belong in the ring with the best fighters in the world. I’m the type of guy that no one wants to fight because I am the real deal. On Feb. 27, I am coming to Madison Square Garden to fight Terence Crawford, and on the 28th I’ll be leaving with his belt.”



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