By Jeff Aranow: Tonight, #10 WBO Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) gets his long awaited chance to fight for a world title against WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Lundy has watched Crawford’s past fights, and concluded that the Nebraskan native cannot handle pressure when it’s being applied steadily by his opponents. The 28-year-old Crawford does better when he’s the one that is coming forward and dictating the pace of his fights.
“He can’t take the pressure,” said Lundy to Fight News. “I’m in his head. I have him. I’m going to beat his [expletive] and he is going to feel these hammers.”
Lundy, 32, brings up a good point about Crawford having problems with pressure. If you look at Crawford’s fights where he did have to deal with pressure in fights against Breidis Prescott, Thomas Dulorme and Yuriorkis Gamboa, Crawford struggled when those fighters were coming forward and throwing punches. It wasn’t until they backed off and let him take charge that he was able to do well.
Crawford is counter puncher, but he still is a far better fighter when he’s the one that is leading rather than waiting on his opponents to throw their shots first. As much credit that Crawford receives for having good defensive skills, he’s still easy to hit and nowhere near as good as the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Gennady Golovkin in terms of his defensive skills.
“Lundy’s trash talk makes me laugh, but I don’t think he’ll laughing too much on Saturday night.…I’m going to show him that punches hurt a lot more than words,” Crawford said to fightnews.com. “I need to look out for head butts, low blows and elbows. He’s going to get rough in this one. But once he gets careless, and he will, he’s going down!”
Crawford is a 48:1 favorite to win the tonight, so Lundy is going to need to do something really special for him to have a chance of winning.
The Crawford-Lundy fight will be televised on HBO Boxing.
In the co-feature bout, WBO Latino lightweight champion Felix Verdejo (19-0, 14 KOs) will be fighting unbeaten William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs) in a 12 round fight. Top Rank is putting a lot of hopes behind the 22-year-old Verdejo becoming a star in the future. Tonight’s fight will show whether their hopes are realistic or not. If Verdejo struggles to win, or if he loses the fight, then you’ve got to assume that he doesn’t have the talent to become the star they’ve been hoping he would be.