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August 2, 2014, 2:37 am

Lundy to defend title on national stage

Henry “Hank” Lundy will be defending his NABF lightweight championship title against Raymundo Beltran on Friday, July 27 at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Lundy, 28, nicknamed “Hammerin” from South Philadelphia will make his title defense on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

Lundy has an impressive boxing record of 22-1-1, 11 of those victories are by knockout. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the world among lightweights by the World Boxing Council (WBC). He is the only American in his weight class ranked in the top 10. Lundy knows exactly what he has to do to continue his winning ways in the ring. He plans to come out and establish himself right away.

“I know with Raymundo Beltran I have to come straight forward,” Lundy said. “He’s going to be coming toward me every round. He’s going to put pressure on me. It all depends on how I go out there and set the tone. My key thing is to go out there and be Hammerin Hank Lundy. If you watch my fights, they’re never boring. It’s going to be a good fight.”

Lundy has produced a lot of good fights. His rise in professional boxing has been nothing short of magnificent. He started his professional career in 2006 under the tutelage of Jimmy Burchfield Sr. and Classic Entertainment and Sports. Lundy earned his NABF lightweight crown when he faced former Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez last year.

“I’m just putting in the hard work and determination,” Lundy said. “I just try to go out there and win. I tell everybody at the end of the day it’s not for me. It’s for my four little girls, my two boys and my fiancé. I’m trying to make a better life for them.”

Like many kids in Philly, Lundy really enjoyed playing sports. He played football at John Bartram High School. He was offered a partial scholarship to play football for Kutztown University, but decided to decline because it became too costly for his aunt to send him and his sister to college. He decided to take another path to success. Although he was a great football player, boxing wound up being the sport that would lead him to prominence.

Lundy did extremely well on the amateur level. He won the 2003 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves. He won a silver medal at the 2005 National Golden Gloves and won the Junior Lightweight Open Division championship at the Middle Atlantic Championships and East Central Championships prior to wrapping up his amateur career. He finished with a 65-5 overall record.

He started his professional career defeating Steve Thomas by first round knockout at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Mass. In a little more than a year, Lundy established himself as one of the top fighters in his class.

Lundy faced his toughest test to date when he fought Darnell Jiles Jr. on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The bout ended in a draw with all three judges scoring the fight 38-38. Lundy bounced back from that fight, beating Esteban Almarez by unanimous decision. His biggest victory came a year later when he knocked out undefeated Jason Cintron.

Lundy went on to win his next three fights. In 2010, he had a big fight with undefeated lightweight Tyrese Hendrix to capture the vacant NABO lightweight title. After winning the championship, Lundy made his first title defense against John Molina Jr. This proved to be his toughest fight. Molina defeated Lundy, bringing Lundy’s record to 18-1-1.

In 2011, Lundy defeated Lopez for the vacant NABF lightweight championship. He sent Lopez to the canvas in the second round and won by unanimous decision. After that, Lundy defeated former world champion David Diaz in six rounds.

Lundy has done quite well this year. On March 30, he won a unanimous decision over Danny Diaz in a 10-round main event.

Lundy has made a number of national television appearances on ESPN.

“I’m always excited when I’m on TV,” Lundy said. “I’m excited, but at the end of the day I have to go out there and bring home a “W.”

 

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