Crawford Stops Lundy in Five

Junior welterweight titleholder Terence Crawford withstood the trash-talking of challenger Hank Lundy leading up to their fight on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska to knock him out in five rounds.

Lundy (26-6-1, 13KO) fought aggressively in the opening round and managed to land a few right hands and left hooks on Crawford. The champion soon switched to a southpaw stance and began to land right hand jabs and straight lefts.

Crawford (28-0, 20KO) remained patient through four rounds. Lundy’s punch output noticeably declined once Crawford started to throw punches and Lundy is the type of fighter who doesn’t fight well off the back foot. The end was inevitable.

An overhand right hand in the 5th round had Lundy on wobbly legs and a left hand put him down for the knockdown. He rose on unsteady legs and Crawford jumped on him, trapping him against the ropes and wailing away with power shots until the referee mercifully stopped the fight.

The stats show Crawford dominating the contest as he landed 89 of 247 thrown punches (36%) while Lundy landed 47 of 211 (22%). Crawford’s future has the possibility of Manny Pacquiao if the Filipino star and defeat Timothy Bradly in April or Ruslan Provodnikov according to promotor Bob Arum. A matchup with Viktor Postol would probably not be the most exciting, but it would pit the two best guys in the division against each other which is why it’s the bout that makes the most sense. So we probably won’t get that matchup.

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Crawford (right) looking to finish off Lundy (left)

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Frampton Unifies Titles, Outpoints Quigg

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Quigg (left) & Frampton (right) engage in a rare exchange

A packed crowd celebrated with deafening noise as Belfast-native Carl Frampton retained his IBF super bantamweight (122 pounds) title and captured the WBA version from Scott Quigg with a split-decision victory on Saturday in Manchester, England. One judge scored the fight 115-113 for Quigg while the other two scored it 116-112 for the Irishman.

The wild cheering of the crowd didn’t match the action in the ring as both fighters started extremely cautiously and left little for the judges to pick between them. Both fighters did more posing and staring than punching for the first three rounds.

Frampton (22-0, 14KO) began picking up the rounds largely by throwing the jab and backing up the bigger man. Quigg (31-1-2, 23KO) rarely threw punches and missed most of the ones he did throw.

Quigg finally woke up in the 7th round and began to throw more frequently. He applied far more pressure on his opponent and imposed his size to a certain degree by pushing Frampton to the ropes at times. This left Frampton confused and his movement slowed down enough for Quigg to decisively win rounds. A cluster of hooks in the 9th round showed off Quigg’s power.

The 10th round was exactly what the fans were looking for as both champions finally exchanged blows and landed combinations. Quigg, realizing he had given the first half of the fight away, fought his heart out and began imposing his skills and size on Frampton. His highlight moment came in the 11th round when a huge straight right hand momentarily buckled Frampton’s knees.

To his credit, Frampton showed his warrior spirit by coming out and winning the final round with movement and more precise punching than Quigg. Quigg landed some good shots early on in the round, but he ultimately spent too much time looking for a haymaker shot to win the round.

The fight itself was somewhat exciting, with the first six rounds stinking up the joint and the last half becoming more of the fight everyone anticipated leading up to the event. Comparisons to the Barrera-Morales trilogy ended up being far too exaggerated.

Quigg expressed disappointment in his loss and I can imagine why. He looked like a fighter who still had something left in the tank, but he didn’t begin truly fighting until the 6th round and it cost him greatly. Frampton could have arguably gone harder as well, as he withstood a late surge from Quigg to win the final round. So again, this fight turned out to be a tad disappointing in terms of action.

However, congratulations must be handed to Frampton for unifying the titles and proving to the world he’s the best super bantamweight in the world not named Rigondeaux. He should have a bright future ahead of him, regardless which direction he takes.

Quigg can definitely bounce back from this set-back. It seemed his biggest mistake was showing his opponent too much respect and not imposing his superior size. If he can overcome this over-thinking nature he seems to have, he can still become an excellent fighter.