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Trash-talking Lundy Demoralizes Williams
By Tom Donelson, BASN boxing writer
Updated: April 3, 2012
IOWA CITY, IOWA (BASN)—Hank Lundy has never been a shy fighter when it comes to trash talking and his recent fight with Dannie Williams was no exception as he let the world know that he would be one holding up his arm in victory. Williams added his own prediction of early knockout against what he called, ” the overrated Lundy.”
At the end of the first round, Williams’ prediction nearly came true as a Williams left hook sent Lundy down. Williams began the first round aggressively and Lundy, who has been known to switch from orthodox to southpaw, got caught with left hook as his right was low in his southpaw stance.
Starting in the second round, Lundy experience started to show. Lundy last five opponents had a winning percentage of over 90% and his experience with higher caliber opponents showed up with accurate shots in between Williams’ wider punches. Williams managed to get Lundy on the rope but Lundy played a little rope a dope as he countered effectively; shooting his punches in between the wild shots coming his way.
From this point, it became Lundy fight as he used the jab effectively whereas Williams allowed the success in the first round change his style. Instead of going to the body and jabbing his way in, Williams did a lot of head hunting. Meanwhile, Lundy stayed orthodox most of the fight and eschewed changing from southpaw to orthodox and back. The reason was simple, Williams’ biggest punch was his right hand and this is the preferred weapon for orthodox fighters with power against southpaw opponents.
During the eighth round, Lundy actually started to walk Williams down and there were times that Williams retreated as he was getting peppered by accurate punches. Lundy found a home with his right hand and left hook as he nailed Williams with body shots. During the tenth and final round, Lundy boxed and moved but over the final minute, he stopped delivered some solid blows as he put the punctuation mark on a what turned out to be an easy victory with the scorecard reflecting what happened in the ring.
In the opening bout, Elvin Ayala was scheduled to fight the southpaw, Hector Camacho, Jr. but Camacho pulled out and Ayala ended up fighting the 42 year old veteran Eric Mitchell. Mitchell had one goal, survive and his strategy was to simply slow the fight pace down. Ayala cooperated in the early rounds as he simply failed to put heavy pressure on Mitchell. Mitchell actually looked competitive the first two rounds but after the third round; Ayala found his range.
Throughout the sixth and seventh round, Ayala started to unleash some leather as he nailed Mitchell with four and five punch combinations. Mitchell spent more time holding and avoiding getting hit as oppose to fighting back. With just three day notice, he was not in the prime shape to fight and his goal had more to do with survival as he finally unloaded in the final thirty seconds of the final round. By that point, it was already too late as Mitchell had no chance of winning and with 11 knockouts in his 23 wins; he did not have the power to deliver the deciding blow. He was not going to turn the wide deficit on the score card to win the fight with one punch.
Hank Lundy showed Dannie Williams a few tricks and solid techniques as he simply out fought and more importantly out thought his opponent. As for Williams, he still is a prospect with a lot of power but he learning his trade as he often fail to set up his power combinations. Lundy trash talked before the fight and back it up during the fight.