Terence Crawford blasts Lundy in five, Verdejo goes the distance
By Hector Franco
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Tonight at the Theater in Madison Square Garden, WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford improved his record to 28-0 with 20 knockouts. Crawford stopped Hank Lundy in the fifth round of their bout. After landing a clean left hand that put Lundy on wobbly legs. Crawford followed with more straight lefts that finally put Lundy on the canvass. Lundy beat the count, but was immediately stopped by a barrage of punches by Crawford.
Since the first press conference to announce the bout, Hank Lundy was game and motivated. To the surprise of many Lundy won the first round of the bout by landing some clean left hands in combination on Crawford’s chin. Crawford in the second round decided to stay on the outside using his jab. Lundy was unable to get inside due to the jab. It seems that Crawford has the tendency to study his opponents in the first few rounds. Crawford is playing chess by giving up some early rounds to opponents to game plan in real time. Crawford has shown the uncanny ability to read his opponents and look for openings that result in Crawford quickly taking advantage of his opponents.
Crawford may now set his sights on the winner of the Pacquiao-Bradley rubber match. Especially, if the winner is Manny Pacquiao. Until then we may see Crawford in against another brawler in Ruslan Provodnikov later this year. Whoever Crawford ends up fighting next, fans will be waiting anxiously for the Omaha-bred fighter to step back in the ring.
On the undercard of the bout rising Puerto Rican Star Felix Verdejo won a ten round decision over Brazilian, William Silva. Fans at the Theater were looking forward to seeing a Verdejo knockout. They were instead treated to a boxing match. It was a game of high-speed chess between both men. Verdejo was able to keep the advantage all night with his jab and movement. Silva offered nothing offensively all night but made Verdejo miss at an alarming rate. Verdejo was over-committing with a right hand all night, but able to land effectively in spots. Silva survived the full ten rounds and was even convinced that he had won the bout afterwards. Verdejo gained a lot of experience in going 10 rounds with another undefeated fighter and will likely improve as a result. Some are criticizing him for going the distance with an unknown fighter but Silva gave a good account of himself and kept Verdejo somewhat off balance. Fans can look forward to seeing Verdejo step up his competition steadily throughout 2016. The plan set by Top Rank is to have him fight at least five times this year and have him ready to fight for a title in early 2017. We shall see.