By Chris Williams: Unbeaten light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) wants to give #10 WBO challenger Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) the same treatment that he gave his last opponent Dierry Jean last October by knocking him out. Crawford and Lundy will be fighting this Saturday night on February 27 on HBO Championship Boxing from Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight is part of a doubleheader on HBO along with the lightweight match between unbeaten Felix Verdejo (19-0, 14 KOs) and William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs).
“He [Lundy] is going to get exactly the same thing Jean got. He is going to get punched in his mouth and definitely get was he was looking for,” said Crawford to fightnews.com.
Crawford knocked Jean out in the 10th round last October on HBO. It was a terrible mismatch even before the fight started, as Jean was picked from the lightweight division to fight Crawford instead of a talented 140lb fighter. It wasn’t a good match and the fight did nothing in terms of increasing Crawford’s popularity in the sport.
If Crawford’s promoters at Top Rank want to build him up as a star, then they’re going to need to match him up against the better fighters at 140, such as Viktor Postol. What’s going to ultimately hurt Crawford’s ability to become popular is the way that Top Rank does a lot of in house fights. If they can’t work with other promotional companies to setup fights with the big names in the sport, then Crawford is going to be stuck fighting the same guys over and over again like we’re seeing with Manny Pacquiao stuck fighting Tim Bradley repeatedly.
Crawford is close friends with Bradley and the two of them will never fight each other. Crawford doesn’t even have that fight available to him in the future, and he can forget about fighting Pacquiao because he’s retiring after his April 9 fight.
“I know what I need to do and I’m ready to go out there and execute the plan to its fullest,” Crawford said.