Welterweight Shinard Bunch overcame a knockdown to win a hard-fought unanimous decision over former world title challenger Henry ‘Hank’ Lundy Friday night at the Newtown Athletic Club (aka “The NAC”) in Newtown Township, Pennsylvania.
Scores were 95-93, 97-91, and 98-90 for Bunch, who improved to 20-1-1 1 NC, 16 knockouts.
Bunch, who resides in Trenton, New Jersey, dropped Lundy early in the opening round. Lundy was able to survive the knockdown, but it was the bigger Bunch who was able to dictate the pace and was the more-effective fighter during the first half of the fight.
By the midway point of the fight, Lundy worked well behind a consistent jab. Lundy was able to land an occasional counter to the head. It was a counter left hook during the final moments of the eighth round that dropped Bunch to the canvas. Bunch beat the count, but the bell sounded to end the round.
Both fighters had their moments during the ninth round, which at one point prompted referee Eric Dali to momentarily stop the action after a skirmish erupted in the crowd. Both fighters had their moments, but it looked as though Lundy connected more during the final round.
The win over Lundy was Bunch’s fifth win since a controversial draw against Janelson Figueroa Bocachica on July 23 of last year, which was part of a ShoBox telecast. He has not lost since a unanimous decision defeat to Paul Kroll in his third pro fight in August 2019.
The 23-year-old is co-promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz and Nedal Abuhumoud and managed by Russell Peltz.
Lundy, who resides in nearby Philadelphia, falls to 31-12-1, 14 KOs. He has lost six of his last eight bouts. The 38-year-old challenged then-WBO world junior welterweight titleholder Terence Crawford in February 2016, losing by knockout in the fifth round.
Heavyweight Rydell Booker of Detroit, Michigan knocked out Norman Neely at 43 seconds of the opening round. The 41-year-old Booker (27-7-1, 14 KOs) had fought on November 22, losing by unanimous decision to unbeaten Stephen Shaw
Neely, who resides in Paterson, New Jersey, suffered his first defeat as a pro, falling to 13-1, 8 KOs.
Junior welterweight Daiyaan Butt stopped Raekwon Butler (5-4, 3 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York at 56 seconds of the first round.
Butt, a 25-year-old who is originally from Los Angeles and now resides in Philadelphia, improves to 13-2, 6 KOs. He has now won six of his last seven bouts.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for BoxingScene since September 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing