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 Last update:  4/3/2012       Read more by Chris Robinson         
   
Lundy on DeMarco, Rios vs. Abril, Facing Adrien Broner
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By Chris Robinson

Some noticeable action went down in the lightweight division this past weekend.

On Friday night, once-beaten contender ‘Hammerin’’ Hank Lundy again showed resilience in recovering from a first round knockdown to outpoint St. Louis’ Dannie Williams over the course of ten rounds.
 
One night later a huge upset occurred as former champion Jorge Linares was upset by Cancun, Mexico’s Sergio Thompson in his opponent’s hometown. Linares had a July 7th rematch lined up with WBC champion Antonio DeMarco but was dropped by the hard-pressing Thompson in the second round and saw the fight waived off by a ringside physician due to the severity of a cut that had formed over his left eye.
 
With a DeMarco-Linares rematch now up in smoke, Lundy, ranked #4 by the WBC, is calling for a duel with DeMarco. Brazen and brash with his personality, one soon finds out in speaking with the Philadelphia native that Lundy has been calling any and all champions in his division for quite some time.

During our conversation, Lundy touched on his victory over Williams, spoke on his eagerness to challenge DeMarco, discussed his style as a fighter and upbringing in the sport, gave his thoughts on prizefighters Brandon Rios and Adrien Broner, and much more.
 
This is what Lundy had to share...

Defeating Dannie Williams on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights…
“Like I told everybody, when I get on that TV, you never know what you’re going to see out of ‘Hammerin’’ Hank. You can count on this; I’m going to put on a show and I’m going to show you something new.”

A learning process…
“Yeah, I’m still learning. Like most of these guys I’m fighting right now, you think about it, they had big amateur careers. Like Dannie Williams, I remember him as an amateur and he did good. He was successful. I had like 65 amateur fights. I was 60-5. They have a ton of experience on me. He was fighting at 132 and I was fighting 141; I was bigger than him, always. I’m still learning. Everything is still a learning process with me and I’m learning as I’m going up and up.”

Calling for a bout with Antonio DeMarco…
“I want DeMarco. The WBC, right now I’m rated, after winning this fight it should have put me to #1 or #2 and I know I should be in line to fight for the WBC title. I want DeMarco. If it’s not DeMarco, give me any champ that’s at 135. I deserve a world title shot. I’ve been fighting everybody that they put in front of me and beating them. Give me a world title shot, that’s all I ask for.”

Jorge Linares’ shock loss to Thompson and how he avoids such a situation…
“Yes, I see that he got knocked out. Going in that ring, anything can happen. You’ve just got to be prepared for it. Even in my fights I had this thing with me where I don’t care if I get knocked down, I don’t care what the people say; at the end of the day I know I have a chin.”

His knockdown at the hands of Williams on Friday night…
“First of all, Dannie Williams hit me in the temple. Anybody can get hit in the temple and go down, but the key thing was, if you look, I bounced right back up. Now, having a bad chin is when you get hit and you don’t get back up. I’m getting up and I’m giving these guys hell.”

The mistakes that DeMarco makes…
“I know he’s long and I also know there’s a lot of things that I see in him and I don’t want to really put it out there because I know when I get the chance to fight him, I’m going to show the world. But I don’t really want to put it out there because the whole world sees the mistakes that he makes and I will use that to my strategy to beating him. He makes a lot of mistakes. None of us are perfect but he makes too many mistakes and the mistakes that he makes will serve me well. I can’t quite put it out there but I definitely want that fight.”

Describing his style as a fighter…
“I’m boxer-puncher. I got a little ‘Sweet Pea’ in me. I could go get you, I could sit back and counter-punch, I could stay on the inside. At the end of the day I could say I’m a complete fighter. One thing about me, my coaches, they look at my opponents, but I just go in there and adjust to whatever’s in front of me and my coach calls everything out and I go out there and do it.”

Upbringing and a calling for boxing…
“I grew up in the hood. A lot of fighting on the streets. That’s what I loved to do back in the day, fighting. I was a high school football star and I got into a fight with this guy, he was about 26 and I was like 18 at the time. We got into a fist fight and I ended up knocking the guy out and ever since then, I went home and told my homeboys and ever since then I’ve been in the gym.”

Learning lessons in the sport of boxing…
“You know, the tough fights, first I learned you can’t play in the ring. With that [John] Molina fight, like everybody saw, I was winning the fight clearly and got caught. I got up but I still dispute the referee stopping the fight. Being a young fighter, sometimes you come in there arrogant and you have to grow and mature as a pro fighter and that I’ve done. It’s all business at the end of the day and you have to know that at the end of the day it’s entertainment too. You have to try entertaining without showboating and making mistakes.”

Remembering his January 2010 victory over Cuba’s Richard Abril…
“I know Richard Abril, when he knows you can punch, he’s going to hold. That was a while back, but I guarantee, hands down, I’d knock him out. I’m a little too much for him. If they thought he was all that, they’d try to fight me again. But that guy’s running from me. He don’t want no more from me anyways.”

Abril landing a shot at former champion Brandon Rios…
“But I respect what he did. He wanted a title shot and he went out to the press conference and he made Brandon Rios fight him. I’ve been calling out Brandon Rios. I’ve been calling out the top guys. At the end of the day, they can’t run from me no more.”

Breaking down a Rios-Abril matchup…
“I put it like this; Brandon Rios is a pressure fighter. I see him, the first four rounds, if you could weather that storm, then everything else from there is cake. All you got to do is box him if you have the right tools to do it.”

No personal beef with Rios…
“You know what it came from? I don’t have nothing personal against him. He’s a good fighter but I know I could beat him. When he had the world title, that’s what I was chasing for. But now he doesn’t have a world title, it’s like ‘Ok, what’s the point?’ but the fans want to see it. Hammerin’ Hank-Brandon Rios. Adrien Broner-Hammerin’ Hank, they want to see that too. Any guy out there, let’s get it. Once again, I run from nobody and I’m willing to fight the best. I think these guys out there now that are in front of me should do the same. I’ll even fight Marquez, I want that fight. Bring him to me, let’s get it.”

A possible fight with junior lightweight champion Adrien Broner…
“You know what? I respect him as a fighter, but at the end of the day, when you get in front of me, all the respect goes out the door. I’m coming to fight you. I’m like a pit bull, when I lock on you and get you, it’s a wrap. I’m going to shake until you’re done. And that’s what I’m going to do if he ever gets in front of me.”

Brushing off previous insults from Broner…
“He put something on Twitter saying something how I couldn’t take a punch, this and that. Ok, I’ve been on the canvas a couple times, but at the end of the day I show what a true heart, true determination, and what a true fighter’s all about. Getting up and winning fights.”

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Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at Trimond@aol.com and www.Twitter.com/CRHarmony

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Tags: Adrien Broner , Brandon Rios , Hank Lundy , Antonio DeMarco , Richard Abril , Rios-Abril , Rios vs Abril

 

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comment by THE_BIG_HURT, on 04-04-2012
definitely could get behind Broner Vs Lundy, that fight is a toss up to me and i would be pumped for it because I've been following Lundy for years back in Philly. Lundy is one of the best trash talkers in the game, i know this first hand from watching him at our barbershop, the dude is a charact...

comment by Corelone, on 04-03-2012
Broner is huge at 130, but Lundy is a big 135, it would be a good fight considering the trade offs. Lundy has something about him though, something that reminds me of a guy name Khan. If Lundy thinks that he has a good chin, then his legs must be made of spaghetti. He wobbles when hit, a lot.

comment by sofreshhh, on 04-03-2012
Broner would eat this dude alive

comment by MrClutch85, on 04-03-2012
Broner Lundy make it happen the pre fight trash talk would be epic and the fight would be entertaining

comment by Neglect, on 04-03-2012
Broner and Rios would both put Lundy to sleep.

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