By Eric Thomas: Top Rank fighter Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) successfully defended his WBO 140lb title on Saturday night in doing away with fringe contender Hank Lundy (26-6-1, 13 Kos) in five rounds in an HBO televised fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Crawford hammered the 32-year-old Lundy with big power shots for four rounds until knocking him down in the 5th. After Lundy got back up, Crawford finished him with a coup de grace flurry. The fight was stopped at 2:09 of the round.
About the only positive thing you can say about the fight is that Lundy landed a nice shot in the 1st round. Other than that one big punch, it was all Crawford in the fight. Crawford landed some nice shots, and he spent a lot of time moving around. The win proved nothing for Crawford because he was facing such a weak opponent. If Crawford’s going to make a career out of fighting fringe contenders like Lundy and Dierry Jean, then he needs to be prepared for never becoming a big star because he’s definitely not going to make it to that level fighting this kind of opposition.
It didn’t look like Crawford was trying to string the fight out longer in order to give Lundy a beating. Crawford was trying to get Lundy out of there, but he wasn’t willing to go along with his plans. Lundy was firing back with some nice shots with excellent hand speed. He didn’t have quite the same kind of power that Crawford had, but he definitely had enough to make it interesting for a while.
It was sort of like watching a slower, less spectacular version of Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his later years. Crawford doesn’t have Mayweather’s skills or his hand speed, but he looks like a fair copy of him. Where he comes far short of Mayweather is the opposition he faces. Crawford’s promoter Bob Arum isn’t matching him against the type of guys that he needs to in order to turn him into a star.
Arum had Crawford on the right road a couple of years ago when he matched him against Ricky Burns, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Raymundo Beltran. Since then, it’s been a lot of disappointing matches. My guess is this is going to be Crawford’s destiny with Top Rank unless he moves up several divisions and starts fighting bigger guys at middleweight. Arum doesn’t have the horses to match against Crawford at 140, 147 or 154.