By Jake Donovan
Leave it to a sanctioning body to save the day (sort of).
Hank Lundy benefited from a ruling in the NABF championship rules trumping those of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission, which gave him two hours to make weight for his ESPN2 Friday Night Fights main event with Raymundo Beltran.
Lundy weighed in at 134.8 on his fourth attempt of the evening, which means all systems are go for Friday's headliner at Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The weigh-in for an NABF bout shall be held from 24 to 30 hours prior to the start of the boxing event. The local commission shall select the best-certified scale and flooring place to ensure maximum accuracy in the weights. shall be retained by the defending champion. Each boxer will not exceed the official weight limit. If one of the boxers exceeds such weight, he will be allowed two (2) hours to make the weight by weighing-in as many times as he desires.
Beltran (25-6-2, 17KO) has dropped two of his last three, but always makes his presence felt any time he steps into the ring.
Lundy (22-1-1, 11KO) has won four straight since suffering the lone loss of his career two years ago. The Philly-based lightweight has been a fixture on the Friday Night Fights circuit, with his last seven fights appearing on the network including a dominant points win over Dannie Williams this past March.
The weight struggles is part of what has been an exhausting stretch for Lundy. It wasn't until mere hours before the weigh-in when the legal path was officially cleared for this fight to take place, as another promoter claimed rights to the fighter
. The case was dismissed Thursday morning.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox