By Chris Robinson
Fresh off of his dominant victory over Dannie Williams this past Friday night, I touched bases with once-beaten lightweight contender Hank Lundy to get his thoughts on his performance as well as discussing his past, present, and future in the sport.
A brash and brazen Philadelphia native, Lundy is chomping at the bit to land a title shot and expressed a key interest in WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco, as well as showing intrigue in fights with lineal lightweight king Juan Manuel Marquez, former champion Brandon Rios, and outspoken junior lightweight titlist Adrien Broner.
Rios and Marquez both have scheduled fights in less than two weeks’ time when they co-headline an HBO pay per view event from different locations on April 14th. Rios will be facing off with WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas while Marquez locks horns with once-beaten Ukrainian Sergey Fedchenko in his native Mexico City.
If both men are successful, it’s very likely we could be seeing a Marquez-Rios clash in July at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
It figures to make for a captivating evening but Lundy isn’t too enthused when giving a prediction on such a possible fight.
“I like Marquez to sit back and pick him apart,” Lundy would state. “Marquez, one thing people don’t know, that’s Marquez’s type of fight right there. He has to box Marquez and Brandon Rios can’t box. Him coming forward, it would be like the same thing like with Juan Diaz, when he fought Marquez. He came forward and what happened?
“Marquez picked him apart on the inside with the short shots, that’s what happened,” Lundy would add. “Brandon Rios throws no straight shots, he throws all looping punches. And the same thing would happen with him if he fought Marquez.”
Marquez is coming off of a majority-decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in the third fight of their memorable trilogy this past November but gave a tremendous account of himself, fighting well enough to convince many that he had won the bout.
Asked if he was surprised to see Marquez fight so well at age 38, Lundy pointed to the history between the two fighters when giving his response.
“No, because, at the end of the day, Pacquiao is tailor made for Marquez,” Lundy added.
“And there’s a couple fights, there’s two fights I’ve seen where he beat Pacquiao. But at the end of the day, things happened. They are tailor made for each other; styles make fights. To me, Marquez has Pacquiao’s number.”