Mike Coppinger

Lundy outclasses Williams to decision victory on FNF

“Hammerin’” Hank Lundy reeled off another big win on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, rising off the deck to turn back power-punching lightweight Dannie Williams over 10 rounds at the Foxwoods Resort Theater in Mashantucket, Conn.

Williams dropped Lundy with a huge left hook that forced Lundy’s knee to touch the canvas in the opening round, but it was smooth sailing for Lundy from that moment on, as he won by scores of 98-91, 97-92 and 97-92.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for the 28-year-old Philadelphian since he suffered his first defeat at the hands of John Molina in July 2010.

With the win, Lundy has positioned himself for a meaningful fight at 135 pounds and if he keeps the form he exhibited against Williams he should do very well if and when he gets a title shot.

Lundy (22-1-1, 11 knockouts) continually snapped Williams’ head back with his strong jab, using the basic punch to control the action in each round.

Williams (21-2, 17 knockouts) sought to press Lundy to the ropes, but Lundy countered him nicely off the ropes, digging powerful left hooks to the midsection of the 27-year-old St. Louis native.

Lundy started out of a southpaw stance, but switched to orthodox periodically throughout the bout, electing to jab with his power hand.

Lundy boxed smarter after suffering the knockdown, giving Williams angles and movement.

In the third, Lundy teed off on Williams with a three-punch combination with his back to the ropes.

Lundy stayed on the ropes for most of the round, looking to counter and tire Williams out.

Williams landed a big left hand which momentarily stunned Lundy, but Lundy once again showed excellent recuperative powers.

In the seventh, Lundy used lots of movement but didn’t throw many punches, conserving energy and making Williams miss.

Lundy landed 22 jabs in the eighth round alone, according to CompuBox. Lundy’s jab and speed advantage seemed to be the difference in the bout, as Williams wasn’t effective save for the waning seconds of the first round.

Lundy has continuously engaged in crowd-pleasing fights, and with the victory, deserves a shot on HBO or Showtime against a top lightweight fighter.

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