Crawford, Spence Rising


A week from tomorrow Terence Crawford will take on Hank Lundy in the only significant match of the month.  Crawford will get another chance to put his talent on display, and poor Lundy is stuck being a stepping stone for yet another rising fighter.  Hammerin’ Hank has been an ESPN mainstay for years, and only provides action-packed fights, but does so competently.  He’s lost 5 fights at lightweight against 25 wins, but his record is deceptive;  he’s fought upper-level competition more consistently most fighters with 25 wins.  In what might be descending order, the opponents who have managed wins over Lundy include John Molina Jr., Mauricio Herrera, Raymundo Beltran, Victor Postol and Thomas Dulorme.

Next weekend Hammerin’ Hank proves once again that he’s willing to take on anyone.  There could be no better opponent to prove his conviction; Terence Crawford  has shown himself to be one of the most talented fighters in the sport, building his repertoire slowly and finally being forced to put it on full display when he beat the odds against Yuriorkis Gamboa.  Since then Crawford has worked the laundry list of former bests, including a couple of the the same men who came away victorious from fights with Lundy: Thomas Dulorme, Raymundo Beltran.  We can expect Hank to put on a good show and survive Crawford’s precise power better than most, and even offer substantial resistance at times, but he won’t have the speed, defense, or accuracy to be competitive throughout.  You count on Crawford’s power and precision becoming a problem by the third round, with Lundy looking worse for the wear by 8 or 9.  Crawford’s not a devastating puncher, so he’ll most likely take a unanimous decision.

On the horizon we have a showdown at light heavyweight between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev granted they win their next fights respectively.  The match would showcase two of the best athletes in the sport with Kovalev being given a chance to prove he’s  more than just the best of the moment.

On April 16th we’ll get another tantalizing fight with the American Olympian Errol Spence Jr. taking on welterweight gatekeeper Chris Algieri.  Spence will have a tough task ahead of him as Algieri has proven himself to have a sturdy chin and formidable heart, as well as impressive skills.  The fight will go a long way in giving Spence the experience he’ll need to begin his reign at the top, where he should be.

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