News | Jan 08 2016

Terence Crawford misses out on Manny Pacquiao, gets Hank Lundy fight

Crawford's next defence set for February 27 in New York, writes Olly Campbell
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AFTER missing out on facing Manny Pacquiao for the Filipino superstar’s career swansong in April, WBO super-lightweight champion, Terence Crawford, 27-0 (19), will instead defend his title against Philadelphian contender, “Hammerin” Hank Lundy, 26-5-1 (13) on February 27 at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden, New York.

It’s believed a number of top 140lbs contenders, including Ruslan Provodnikov, Lucas Matthysse and WBC titlist, Viktor Postol, all passed on the assignment of facing the former lightweight champion in time for the February date, with 32-year-old Lundy the man eventually accepting of the task.

Although he has lost two of his last three fights, “Hammerin” Hank was highly competitive in defeat, losing a narrow split decision to former Crawford victim, Thomas Dulorme in December 2014, before then going on to drop a debatable technical decision to veteran contender, Mauricio Herrera last July, after an accidental clash of heads cut Herrera and prematurely sent the fight to the scorecards after just five rounds.