Hammerin' Hank Lundy ready to make noise at lightweight

Hammerin' Hank Lundy ready to make noise at lightweight

By Hector Franco

December 26, 2016

Hank Lundy lands a left jab on Thomas Dulorme. Photo: Will Hart/HBO

Hank Lundy lands a left jab on Thomas Dulorme. Photo: Will Hart/HBO

Hammerin Hank Lundy (26-6-1, 13 KOs) will be making his return to the ring this Friday, December 30th. He will face John Delperdang (10-1, 9 KOs) at the B.O.O.M. Fitness Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Frontproof Media caught up with Lundy to talk about his return to lightweight and his thoughts on the sport of boxing. 

Interview conducted on December 7, 2016

HF: All right. We haven't seen you in the ring since this past February when you faced Terence Crawford. You're going to be stepping in the ring soon, I heard that the fight got moved from the 16th to the 30th. Is that true?

HL: I don't know because these guys ain't give me a callback, but I'm just staying ready. My weight is down at 38. I'm fighting at 135, going back to my real weight class. It's time for these guys to step up at my real weight class at 135 just like I step up at any other time, in any other weight class. I'm going back to my real weight class at 135. I didn't receive any message or news about the fight being moved back. If the fight's been moved back, and they didn't tell me, that's bad for them but we going for it. My promoter and my manager and we going to keep on looking.

HF: Okay, good. I was just making sure. I heard about that. I hope it's not true because we rather see you in the ring sooner than later. I want to touch on that. You talked about the lightweight division. Moving back down to your real weight. Last week we saw Denny Shafikov take on Richard Comey. We saw Jorge Linares take on Anthony Corolla. Looking on the outside right now, you're going back down to lightweight, who do you see as the top dog down there right now and who do you want to position yourself to face next?

HL: First of all when Hank wanted to come down there I should be fighting for a world title right up the bat. I don't want a tune up. Throw me in the fire. I just was in the ring with one of the top guys in the world, Terence Crawford. He's kind of freak at 140 but it was a good fight. I put on a good show and I showed a lot of kinks in his armor. I feel as though if I was a little bit bigger I could have got the job done but I didn't know actually he was that big. That's the heart of Hank Lundy, don't care what size or who you are coming to fight.

HF: Absolutely. You've proven that in all of your fights. You've come to fight. You're always in shape. Let me ask you because you're coming back down to lightweight, it sounds like you're itching to get back in the ring. Have you made any changes in this camp to kind of get prepared for this comeback?

HL: No, man. It's just plain old Hank Lundy. I'm ready. No changes. The only thing I did different is my eating. I get my meals prepped now. We at 135 early. I'm down. If you see me, you be like "Wow man, you're in tip-top shape" and it all comes with how you want to prepare and take care of your body, and that's one of the things I definitely did. I always was eating good, but now that I got my meal prepping I'm taking the right intake that I take in. Protein and everything. Eating the right thing.

HF: Me being a writer I'm on the outside. You guys are obviously the experts. If I were to go in and train for one day with Hank Lundy what can I expect to happen? What would we do on a typical training day with Hank Lundy?

HL: First of all, in the morning I get up at five in the morning. Make a protein shake, take my vitamins. Drive down to the gym, and meet my trainer. We do our strength and conditioning. We start with the weights. Nothing heavy but just to keep that punching power there. That's what he basically works on. Pull ups, ab work, then we hit the treadmill for just about an hour. If you see some of the guys he trained you'd be like "Man, this guy is a mad scientist."

I came back to Philadelphia at 149. Next thing you know the next day, I work out and train with him, I'm down to 141. Right now, I'm three pounds away from 135. A basic day with Hank Lundy, strength and conditioning. All that stuff I just said, running, and then sitting in the whirlpool. Real hot in that helps you cut weight too because you're sweating the heat. Go home, shower, rest until about 12, eat lunch, go back to sleep, 4:30 on the way to train.

HF: That's a full day of work. I'm glad to hear that you've always consistently done that. I know you brought up just now your hometown of Philly. Let's talk a little bit about that. What does it mean to you to come from such a prestigious city with so much history in boxing? As a Philly fighter, what does it mean for the people who aren't from Philadelphia to be a Philly fighter?

HL: It means a lot with the history with the different movies that came out. It's a badge of honor to wear that on your shoulder and rep it. Everybody knows hammering Hank. If I was with a big time promoter from right off the bat, I'd have been had three, or four, five world titles but like I said, I'm with a classic independent promoter and I respect them and appreciate everything they have done for me and my career. Everything about me it actually reps from the city I'm from, Philadelphia, hard work. If you're willing to put in the handwork and put in the time and effort, you could make it out of Philly.

You could be something different and you could be something great. It's a lot of great guys that's in Philly but half of the time they don't get the right upbringing or get the chance to showcase they talent. We got people walking around in the streets that could fight. I started boxing at the age of 18 when I first got in the gym. Turned pro at 23. I was a late bloomer but you never know what could happen. Look at me now. I went from a nobody to a somebody.

HF: Just looking back at that time when you were 18 when you started and when you turned pro at 23, who were some of your inspirations to turn pro? Some of your favorite fighters watching the sport?

HL: Most definitely we had Nard, Bernard Hopkins. I always kept my eye on him but what caught my eye right away was Sugar Shane Mosley fighting at 135. He just was a monster. Then you have Roy Jones but my favorite was Sugar Shane Mosley. I just love that guy. 

One of Hank Lundy's favorite fighters Sugar Shane Mosley defending his lightweight title against Jesse James Leija in 1998. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

One of Hank Lundy's favorite fighters Sugar Shane Mosley defending his lightweight title against Jesse James Leija in 1998. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

HF: Sugar Shane was no joke at 135. I think he went through a streak where all his title defenses he won by knockout too. He was a monster.

HL: Right, right. At 135 Sugar Shane wasn't to be played with.

HF: Not at all. Getting back to you with this upcoming fight do you know anything about your opponent or have you seen him fight before?

HL: I've seen him a couple times. The guy was ten in on one with nine big knock outs. I know at the end of the day nobody else wanted to step up. I had some names like Richard Abregu who I fought and beat. Actually, instead he beat Brandon Rios but they robbed him, but I beat him. I know this guy was dying to get back in the ring with me and fight. I said "Oh, let's give it a go. Let's see what he's going to do" but they turned down the fight.

They ain't want to part of Hank Lundy. It was some good guys on there. A guy with a 35 and 3 record. They wanted no part. Not too many people are willing to fight me at lightweight. They know I'm a problem. They see what I do at 140 and they don't want any part of me at 135 at my real weight class. But this guy I've seen him on tape, come forward fighter. What he tries to do is wear you down and one thing about that I love is a test like that. I love to give him a chance because all that's going to do is bring the best out of Hank Lundy.

HF: I wanted to ask you about that. With the move back down to lightweight you just fought Terence Crawford. There's been a lot of rumors about him, a lot of talk about him facing Pacquiao in the future. Actually being in the ring with Crawford, you said that he was bigger than you thought. How do you see a Pacquiao-Crawford fight going if it were ever going to actually take place?

HL: I see Pacquiao stopping him because I'm going to tell you something about Crawford. He's a good fighter but he doesn't have that punch like a John Molina or most of these bigger guys that I fought. When I went out there and fought him I over exerted my energy trying to close the show early. We know he could be hit and hurt. We saw the little Gamboa do it and I hit him and touched him and hurt him a couple times. You got to think about it.

Are you going to be able to take the punches at 147? That's a different ball game. They bigger guys and he's fighting John Molina, and John Molina is definitely a puncher, a guy I'm familiar with. I actually was one of the only guys he hit and actually got up off the floor. I continued fighting until the ref stepped in. They took the fight from me. If you not punching like that, that guy or another hard puncher I fought, Patrick Lopez then it is what it is.

Lundy lands a left hand on Terence Crawford in their February 2016 fight. Photo: Will Hart/HBO

Lundy lands a left hand on Terence Crawford in their February 2016 fight. Photo: Will Hart/HBO

HF: You're absolutely right with that. Kind of wrapping things up a little bit here Hank, I wanted to ask you, looking at things as a whole here, looking at boxing. I know that you're obviously not going to box forever but what is your ultimate goal here in boxing for the rest of your career?

HL: Most definitely to win a world title at 135. I just want to win a world title and unify them, and then I could go ahead and be at peace. I'm one of the guys that built myself into a TV fighter. I don't fight unless it's on TV. But at the end of the day, I put in so much hard work. I just want my world title at 135 and I'm going to get it. Once I get it and unify them belts. I'm going to have all three belts at 135. It's a sport.

For me to do what I did in this game of boxing is amazing. My son will be next and he has the gift. He's starting now and he's just like me. Fights both ways. He's actually right handed but he fights southpaw. He's the splitting image of me. I think he'll be better than me. With my name he's going to have to go through the hard times, I went through and I can live through them. I'm going to live through me too because one thing about it, the fans all around the world respect Hank Lundy because I'm a real fighter.

HF: We definitely do and we definitely appreciate everything you've given to the sport. I actually wanted to ask you one more question because I feel like we live in an era where fighters aren't as active as they'd like to be. Do you feel like if you had it your way that you'd probably be fighting three or four times a year?

HL: Most definitely but you got to think about it. Not too many guys are willing or knocking at the door to fight Hank Lundy. Everybody know. I could say the Crawford and John Molina fight. They about the only two losses I really had. The rest of them were technical decision losses where if I had the bigger promoter I'd have got the big fights. 

I compare myself to be 32 and 2. Well, actually I say 30 and 2 with one draw. That's where I go about it. That's how I keep my cool here and keep on pushing and thriving at the sport because I know these guys that they say I lost to, they didn't beat me. I got two losses man, and that's how I'm living.

You got Mauricio Herrera. You got Viktor Postol. Look at that fight when I went over to the Ukraine. I beat the breaks off of him. I didn't move around the ring like Crawford did. I stood in front of him, slipped and countered him, walked him down, pushed him backward. I beat his ass and they robbed me, but at the end of the day, we all know what the deal is. Just like when they come over here. If they put on a good show,  they'd get the win. GGG knocking people out then they get the win but at the end of the day, they weren't going to give me a win over there. They knew what it was. They wanted to test him to see if he was real but he fought a guy like Hank Lundy and they knew what it was.

HF: I want to thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to interview you. You definitely have always been one of my favorite fighters. I want to wish you good luck on your next fight.

HL: I got you. I appreciate the love and I just want to put this out there. Shout to Andre Ward with an impressive win on Kovalev. If you know boxing and you go back and you count everything up, I show people many times in different fights. I've been down on the scorecards. Knockdowns don't mean anything. It's how you rob them back and in the fight. A lot of people "Oh Andre Ward this and that. Andre Ward beat him." It's all about how you come back off a knock down and close the show.

HF:  It's funny how real life there's so much division right now and then in boxing that fight showed how divided so many people are. It's crazy.

HL: I'm going to keep it real. Andre Ward always won. I know Andre. Me and him had the same manager. He's good people. Well if everybody's talking about this and this GGG mess, why GGG didn't go up to meet Ward and fight Ward like he just did? They tried to save GGG. He would have stopped GGG and they know that but at the end of the day it's all about money. 

Like I said, in this sport of boxing, one thing you got to be whatever you believe in and religion. Believe in it. Stay praised up because at the end of the day this sport, and tomorrow is not guaranteed to anybody. Once you in this sport making money, invest, invest. I stretch the point. Investment is everything. I own my houses. Own all my cars. Me and my wife are looking to buy another house real soon but investment is the key to this sport. That way you won't be walking around or fighting behind your pride. Keep pushing. Stay prayed up and keep pushing.

HF: Thank you for those words and sharing that. I appreciate that my man. Thank you so much for the interview, Hank. Have a great rest of the day and good luck with everything.

HL: You too and I'm going to end just like this. Hammering Hank coming to a city and town near you. It's hammer time.

(Featured Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

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