News: Masternak Returns, Lundy Update; M. Chudecki
Mateusz Masternak (30-1, 22 KOs) will add an extra international appeal to the Nordic Fight Night in Denmark on February 1. The Polish cruiserweight faces Sandro Siproshvili (27-17, 13 KOs) at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.
Masternak returns having suffered his only career loss at the hands of Grigory Drozd (37-1, 26 KOs) in October. ''The Master'' will be looking to bounce back from this defeat with a convincing victory over Siproshvili.
Masternak is the latest addition to an action packed Nordic Fight Night bill. Pound-for-pound number one Cecilia Braekhus defends her WBA, WBC and WBO Female Welterweight titles against Myriam Lamare, while newly crowned EU Light Heavyweight Champion Erik Skoglund makes his first title defence against Adasat Rodriguez.
Tickets are available from arenanord.dk.
Brooklyn, NY - On Thursday night, February 27th at the Millennium Theater in Brooklyn, New York (1029 Brighton Beach Ave), Dmitry Salita's Star of David Promotions will be back with another edition of the Brooklyn Brawl series.
In the main event undefeated Cruiserweight contender Steve Bujaj (10-0, 6 KO's) is primed to stay undefeated as he fights in his first 8 round fight. The native New Yorker is Coming off an impressive performance on December 18th, when he stopped Mike Bissett in five rounds at Webster Hall. Steve is looking for another stoppage. Trainer of champions Billy Jilles said that the former Golden Gloves champions is " Best prospect in NYC"
In the co main event, Polish sensation Michael Chudecki (8-0, 3 KO's) looking to go for his first title as he takes on the tough, rugged and experienced Raphael Luna (4-6, 1 KO) in a Lightweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. Chudecki is coming off a six round unanimous decision over Joshua Nieves on December 18th at Webster Hall. Luna of Albany, New York coming off a NYC fight of the year candidate a 6 round draw against the undefeated Dimash Niyazov on December 18th at Webster Hall.
Jr. Middleweight Contender Steve Martinez (13-1, 10 KO's) of Bronx, New York is looking to make his way back to the ring and climb up the ranks. "I am the best Jr. Middleweight in New York and one of the best in the world. Now I am climbing up again, watch out!" said Martinez.
US Iraqi war veteran, undefeated Jr. Middleweight contender Shawn Cameron (6-0, 4 KO's) of Brooklyn, NY is dedicating his fight to the all the US military troops around the world. Cameron will compete in a 6 round bout.
Also seeing action in a six round bout will be Jr. Lightweight Angel Garcia (6-2, 2 KO's) of Brooklyn.
Fast and exciting undefeated Dimash Niyazov (4-0-2, 3 KO's) of Staten Island, NY is looking to impress his fans in a four round Lightweight bout.
The always-exciting Peter Reyes (4-0, 2 KO's) of New York will see action in a 4 round Middleweight bout. Former national Golden Gloves champion Jr. Welterweight Marcos Suarez (1-0-1) of Bronx, NY will also be on the card.
"I am grateful that we have such a full roster of talent for the show," said Dmitry Salita. "It is going to be a great and exciting night of boxing. I am excited to see Shawn Cameron, a war veteran that protected the United Stated to see action in the show! It's going to be a great night of boxing!"
Doors open at 6PM.
As I look forward to a fresh and positive new year, it has given me the chance to reflect back on 2013 from my perspective.
It has been an exceptional year that met the dreams I had as a five year old child. Many of the ‘experts’ have frequently said that it would not be possible for me to achieve hardly anything over my ten year career. This could have deflected anyone from their goals and dreams, but for me, it has only served to drive my determination to achieve even more.
I still have much more to achieve and have so many youngsters to continue the privilege of doing all I can to be a ‘role model’ for. My life is proof that if you believe and want to be something in life, you can achieve it. You just have to work really hard for it, without ever being put off by mishaps, lack of support or failure.
I have always wanted to be the best I could possibly be, that meant having the courage to pack my bags and get myself to the USA. I wanted to fight in America, moving to fight the world’s best and perhaps become a champion in the process. This would mean having to train in the toughest gyms in the world and spar with the toughest fighters. It was the learning and development I craved.
I knew it would mean leaving friends and family for long periods of time, and being out there on my own. Packing my kit and my dreams and getting on the plane, I knew I would never be lonely, as I had such a clear purpose and mission.
I’ve now fought world champion Danny Garcia, former world champion DeMarcus Corley, two time world title challengers, Pablo Cesar Cano and Delvin Rodriguez.
In 2013, the ‘Pound for Pound’ king himself, Floyd Mayweather signed me to Mayweather Promotions. The CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe announced my addition to ‘The Money Team’ to the world on August 1st.
I had the huge and unforgettable opportunity to spar with Floyd himself last year, which was a great experience. Watching up close how Floyd keeps himself at the top of the sport is both incredible and inspirational – he has simply taken boxing to a whole new level.
He has been generous with advice and sound counsel – you can only learn and soak up the knowledge from the nuggets he gives you. If the best of the best is talking, you’d be a fool not to listen.
Floyd has shared his plans for me and what he believes I can achieve. He wants to see me in ‘super fights’ with the world’s best, and he believes I have what it takes to be victorious. I feel very honoured to have this special backing.
‘The One’ is now officially the highest grossing pay-per-view boxing event in history. To the shock of many of the ‘experts’, I opened the televised portion of the show, which is a tremendous feat in itself. I played a part in the making of boxing history.
My ‘take no prisoners’ war of attrition with Pablo Cesar Cano said a lot about both of us. Neither of our teams knew who had won the bout when the announcer, Jimmy Lennon Jr. roared “we have a split decision”.
Four months have now passed and many boxing fans around the world still tell me they felt I won. Whilst no defeat is welcomed, no matter how close or controversial, it does help that in Las Vegas, New York and London my performance on that September 14th evening is still being praised.
Some young boxers tell me I inspire them and I’ve helped them believe they can achieve their goals in life. In sport there has to be a winner and a loser. How you come back from defeat is how any athlete is judged.
After losing to Ali Oubaali on my US debut, I then beat former world champion, DeMarcus Corley. After I lost to world champion Danny Garcia, I moved up a weight division and beat IBF world number 3, Delvin Rodriguez.
I’m pursuing the limit of my abilities, I must discover the greatness that I believe lies within me. Having the backing of one of the greatest fighters ever, will give me that extra push to achieve it.
In boxing, there is no one bigger than Floyd Mayweather and he is my promoter. If he believes in me and is backing my journey – I am not going to argue or disagree?
I work hard, very hard and I push myself harder and harder each year. 2014 is a new year but the goal remains the same, and it’s getting that little bit closer, to becoming world champion.
My promoter, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather has won ten world titles over five weight divisions. To be part of his ‘The Money Team’ is a life changing opportunity, but at the same time there is a huge weight on my shoulders. He is the best boxer in the world. An inspiration to millions of fans and people around the world. We represent him every day and especially when we enter the ring. That can only motivate and guide you.
2014 will see me back in the big league. I could be facing any one of the following former world champions: Humberto Soto, Zab Judah, Julio Diaz, Vivian Harris, Kendal Holt and Mike Arnaotis. All very good fighters indeed but to be the best, you have to beat the best.
Setbacks are part and parcel of life. No matter how bad it gets you just have to keep going. The road to the top is never straightforward or easy. Not many even try to get to the top, far too many put the route to their own personal success in the ‘too difficult’ box.
You must roll with the good and bad. That’s what I’ve learnt over the course of my ten year professional career. Never put limitations on what you can be or achieve, as you’ll be surprised what you can really do if you believe in yourself.
As the great man himself once said – “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 14th, 2014) -- Once again, "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy finds himself searching for an opponent, and, as usual, the Philadelphia slugger isn't choosy about who he steps in the ring with.
"Whoever is out there, I'm ready," said Lundy, currently ranked among the top 15 in the 140-pound division in two of boxing's major sanctioning bodies, "but a lot of guys are scared to fight me right now.
"On any given day, I can end a fighter's career, so what they're doing now is running, but, at the end of the day, they'll have to fight me."
It's been five months since Lundy's last fight, an impressive, unanimous-decision win over Ajose Olusegun on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights." Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs) was so dominant he earned a shutout on one of the scorecards, snapping a two-fight losing streak and putting him back in the conversation among the elite 140-pounders.
Lundy, promoted by Classic Entertainment & Sports, was scheduled to face New Jersey's Jeremy Bryan in October, but Bryan pulled out with a back injury and the card was ultimately postponed. Rumors of a nationally-televised showdown against unbeaten light welterweight Karim Mayfield surfaced in December, but the fight never happened and Lundy wound up closing out 2013 without a chance to build off the momentum from his big win over Olusegun.
"You know the game," Lundy said with a laugh. "Jeremy Bryan, of course he pulled out. At the end of the day, he looked at who he was fighting. He was fighting 'Hammerin'' Hank Lundy, one of the top guys in the world. In his last few fights, he'd been getting knocked out [three times in his last six fights]. If he stepped in with me, it would've been the same result.
"The Mayfield fight was a done deal on our side, but, in reality, he knew what was going to happen to him. He wanted no parts of it. [Mayfield's promoter] Top Rank said they wanted the fight. They told my manager [James Prince] to talk to their matchmaker [Brad Goodman]. We were told he was ready, then we never heard back.
"He tucked his tail like a [coward]. Scared money don't make no money!"
Lundy's list of targets reads like a who's who in the 135- to 140-pound divisions, whether it's undefeated Nebraska lightweight Terence Crawford, now 22-0 with 16 KOs; Mexican slugger Raymundo Beltran, who handed Lundy his second career loss in 2012; John Molina, who stopped Lundy on ESPN in 2010; or World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champ Ricky Burns, who narrowly held on to his title in September in a controversial draw against Beltran.
Lundy would even consider stepping in with close friend and fellow Philadelphia fighter Zahir Raheem, who continued his comeback with a win over Bayan Jargal last weekend on ESPN.
"I'm real cool with his dad. We came up together," Lundy said, "but this is a business, and, at the end of the day, I'd be ready to fight anyone who's out there."
The field is stacked, but so is Lundy's resume.
"I'm ready. I never stop training," he said. "I just finished putting in eight miles. Most people, when I fought Ajose, they thought they'd catch me on the sneak because I took the fight on short notice, but they didn't know I was in camp with Adrien Broner. I'm always ready."
Interested to see if Masternak can get back to his winning ways. The Drozd fight was a war that broke him down, so he needs to improve before reaching the next level.Comment by nycsmooth on 01-14-2014
I still would rather see Lundy @ LW where he's not fighting guys, really, far larger than he...Post a Comment/View More User Comments (2)