Henry Lundy took another step away from his TKO loss to John Molina and moved one step closer to lightweight contender status with the 10-round unanimous decision he scored over game veteran Patrick Lopez on Friday.
Lundy (20-1-1, 10 knockouts), a speedy and mobile boxer from Philadelphia, won by scores of 99-991, 97-92 and 95-94 in the ESPN2-televised main event at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
Lopez (20-3, 12 KOs), a two-time Olympian from Venezuela, was coming off a third-round KO to Tim Coleman and the heavy handed southpaw fought the entire fight with a sense of urgency. However, the 33-year-old veteran could not match the hand speed and timing of Lundy, who scored a second-round knockdown with a left hand delivered from the southpaw stance.
Lundy, who was just one fight removed from his 11th-round stoppage to Molina last July, fought the first four rounds of the bout from a left-handed stance and generally controlled the early part of the fight. However, Lopez gradually worked his way into the fight with steady pressure. The hardnosed Venezuelan had success in the middle rounds whenever he backed Lundy to the ropes where he was able to land hard, compact shots to the Philadelphian's arms and body.
Lundy did more moving than sticking down the stretch of the fight but the cocky fringe contender let his hands go in spurts, accruately pot shotting Lopez, in the final rounds to clinch his hard-fought and entertaining victory.
In the opening bout of the Friday Night Fights broadcast, college football player-turned-super middleweight prospect Vladine Biosse extended his unbeaten record with a fifth-round stoppage of St. Louis stepping stone Tim Connors.
Biosse (11-0, 6 KOs), an athletic-but-raw southpaw from Providence, R.I., dropped Connors with a left hand at the start of the second round and stalked the game journeyman for much of the bout until a series of lefts ended the fight in the fifth. Referee Eddie Claudio waved it off 37 seconds into the round.
It was the second consecutive KO loss for Connors (10-3, 7 KOs), who suffered an opening-round stoppage to Erislandy Lara last November.
In another televised bout, former middleweight title challenger Elvin Ayala used a body attack to stop Joe Gardner at the end of the fourth round. Ayala (22-5-1, 9 KOs), a 30-year-old veteran from New Haven, Conn., put Gardner down with left hand to the solar plexus two minutes into the fourth round. Gardner (7-2-1, 1 KO), a tough late-comer to the sport from Rhode Island, gamely beat the count but Ayala dropped him with another body shot before the bell.
Referee Claudio halted the bout at the three-minute mark of the fourth round on the advice of the ringside physician.