BoxNation Broadcasting StellarCard with Marco Huck vs Ola Afolabi and Terence Crawford vs Hank Lundy

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Double-action comes exclusively live on BoxNation from both sides of the Atlantic Saturday night when cruiserweight warriors Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi clash for a fourth time followed by pound-for pound great Terence Crawford’s collision with Hank Lundy.

Huck and Afolabi get the night underway when they meet for an incredible fourth time at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Germany, in a crucial crossroads fight for both men with the winner going on to a possible world title shot.

Serbian born, German resident, Huck is 2-0-1 going into the fight against London born Afolabi with the previous encounters being close and exciting affairs and although Huck’s WBO World title was previously on the line this time Afolabi’s IBO World title is up for contention.

“Käpt’n” Huck lost his WBO crown in a shock defeat to Krzysztof Glowacki last August in his American debut, but it was a thrilling fight that saw Glowacki floored in the sixth round and then rally back to stop Huck in the eleventh.

The 31-year-old will be looking to prove that he is not finished and has one more shot at glory with a strong performance against Afolabi.  Although his preparations could have taken a hit when he revealed last week that he had split with trainer Conni Mittermeier and joined up with Varol Vekiloglu just 10 days before the fight. 

For Afolabi, he’ll be looking to continue his hot form on the back of his stunning fifth round knockout of hard Russian Rakhim Chakhkiev last November when he went into the fight as the underdog.  In the fight prior, Afolabi extended Interim IBF World Champion Victor Emilio Ramirez the distance in Argentina and lost on the scorecards.  

At 35, the man known as Kryptonite, knows that a victory over his rival – which would be his first – is crucial if he is to get a fourth world title opportunity.

Once the dust settles in Germany, the action switches to the Mecca of Boxing at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden where American star Crawford defends his WBO World Super-Lightweight Championship against Hammerin’ Hank in a potential thriller.

“Bud” Crawford is on the cusp of becoming boxing’s next big crossover star following Floyd Mayweather Jnr’s retirement and the soon to be retired Manny Pacquiao and many believe the all-action and exciting Omaha man could be the one.

Unbeaten in 27 fights with 19 KO’s and with fast switch-hitting hands and power, Crawford shot to prominence when he totally outclassed Ricky Burns in his Glasgow backyard to take the WBO World Lightweight title in March 2014.  He immediately made a hero’s return to his hometown in Nebraska and inflicted the first loss to former Unified World Featherweight Champion and 2004 Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa with a sensational ninth round knockout in June 2014 in the first defence of the title.  Defences against Raymundo and Thomas Dulorme followed and last time out he smashed Dierry Jean in nine rounds on BoxNation.

The 28-year-old faces a hard test in his MSG debut against the trash-talking Philadelphian Lundy, who took the challenge after top super-lightweights Ruslan Provodnikov, current WBC World Champion Viktor Postol, and former Interim World Champions Lucas Matthysse and Mauricio Herrera all turned down the fight and Lundy is supremely confident with his chances.

At the press conference this week the pair clashed when Crawford nearly pushed Lundy off the stage following their head-to-head stare down after getting annoyed with Lundy’s trash-talking.

Crawford said, “That’s his main objective — to get in my head.  But he doesn’t understand that just makes me fight harder, makes me be better, makes me be sharper. I’m not just going to go in there and try to just knock him out. I’m going to go in there and do what I do. That’s what he doesn’t understand.”

Lundy fired back, “I’ve been watching him ever since he came on the scene at 135, and nothing impressed me. Now, he’s going to have a guy in front of him that can do all the things he can do. It’s going to be a big mistake on his part.”

Also on the card will be fast the rising and undefeated Puerto Rican lightweight sensation Felix Verdejo who defends his WBO Latino Lightweight title against Brazilian William Silva. Britain’s WBO World Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan will be keeping a close eye on Verdejo who if he emerges victorious could be a future potential opponent after his clash with Derry Mathews next month.

Terence Crawford: “Hank Lundy Runs His Mouth Too Much.  He’s About to Get Hurt Real Bad”

London (14 January) – The next super-star of boxing Terence Crawford’s WBO World Super-Lightweight title defence against Hank Lundy on Saturday 27th February at the iconic Madison Square Garden, will be televised exclusively live on BoxNation.
 
Crawford, a two-time and two-weight World Champion, a big favourite with UK fans’ on The Channel of Champions, returns to action as he looks to elevate into the position of boxing’s main man with Floyd Mayweather retired and Manny Pacquiao soon to be, many experts believe the exciting 28-year-old from Omaha can be that man.
 
A hero in his hometown, Crawford, who sits inside the top ten of boxing’s Pound-for-Pound best rankings, now looks to make that transition when he makes his debut at MSG, known as the “Mecca of Boxing”, where the immortals of the sport have all plied there trade.
 
Undefeated in 27 fights with 19 knockouts, 12 coming inside three rounds, the big-hitting and dangerous Crawford, 28, could have been a potential final opponent for Pacquaio, who instead wisely opted to go for a third fight against rival Timothy Bradley.
 
Crawford, began his title reign when he totally out-classed Scotland’s Ricky Burns in his own backyard in March 2014 to win the WBO World Lightweight title. He then saw off undefeated Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa, a former Olympic Gold medallist, in nine rounds in the first title defence in June before outpointing tough Mexican and former world title challenger Raymundo Beltran in November in his second title defence.
 
“Bud” started 2015 by stepping up to super-lightweight and destroying number two ranked contender Thomas Dulorme to capture the Vacant WBO Crown with a sixth round stoppage in April, followed by a first title defence against the tough Puerto Rican based Frenchman and number two ranked challenger Dierry Jean in ten rounds last November.
 
His challenger, Lundy, hails from the mean streets of Philadelphia and brings the old school fight mentality of the greats who have come out of the fighting city like Bernard Hopkins and Joe Frazier,  into his showdown against Crawford.
 
Never to shy away from a fight, his challenger “Hammerin” Lundy has defeated former world champions including David Diaz and Richar Abril as well as contenders Olusegan Ajose, Patrick Williams, Dannie Williams and Angelo Santana in his 32-fight career with 26 wins, five losses, one draw and 13 knockouts.  In his last fight he captured the WBC Continental Lightweight title with a fifth round stoppage of Carlos Velasquez and is rated number eight in the world by the organisation.
 
At the recent fight announcement Crawford and Lundy clashed and both are promising an exciting fight.
 
“I will show the world I am the best fighter at 140 pounds,” Said Crawford.
 
He added, “Lundy runs his mouth too much.  He’s about to get hurt real bad.  But Lundy can fight. He will battle.”
 
Lunday retaliated, “This is the type of fight I have been waiting for.  The last couple of fights I have beaten guys but didn’t get the fair shake. If you’re a true fan of boxing, you know I belong in the ring with the best fighters in the world.  I’m the type of guy that no one wants to fight, because I am the real deal. On February 27th, I am coming to Madison Square Garden to fight Terence Crawford, and on the 28th I’ll be leaving with his belt.”
 
Also on the exciting card another potential boxing super-star Felix Verdejo aims to break through into the mainstream when he defends his WBO Latino Lightweight title against big-hitting Brazilian Williams Silva in his return to MSG.
 
The red-hot undefeated talent known as “El Diamante” fights out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and aims to become the next big name fighter from the famous fighting island that has produced countless greats like Miguel Cotto, Felix Trinidad, Wilfredos Gomez and Vasquez, Hector Camacho  and many more.
 
Fire-fisted Verjdejo has stopped eight of his last ten opponents inside the distance and this will be the third defence of his title.  He won the belt with a fifth round knockout of Marco Lopez in April 2014 and then outpointed undefeated contender Ivan Najera in his first defence.  Last time out in December he smashed Josenilson Dos Santos inside two rounds.
 
The Channel Of Champions, BoxNation, will televise live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546, TalkTalk 415 and Freeview 255.  Subscribe at www.boxnation.com  or watch online at watch.boxnation.com and via iPhone, iPad or Android and Amazon devices. 

Photos: Herrera, Perez & Diaz Jr. Emerge Victorious In LA

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Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

 

 

LOS ANGELES (July 11) – The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was electrified on July 11 as Golden Boy Promotions in association with CES Boxing presented an exciting evening of boxing in front of a crowd of 4672 fight fans.  Live on HBO Latino ® Boxing, the event brought out celebrities including Latin star Kate Del Castillo,Jane the Virgin star and Golden Globe® Winner Gina Rodriguez and the Golden Boy himself, Oscar De La Hoya to watch an all-star line up of the Golden Boy stable of fighters take on a roster of celebrated fighters from around the globe.

 

The main event of the evening was an West Coast vs. East Coast battle between Southern California’s Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs) and title contender “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (25-5-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia for the vacantNABF Super Lightweight Championship.  While Lundy came out strong in the first round initially overwhelming Herrera with a flurry of combos and intense speed, Herrera rebounded to showcase his precision and power through well-placed blows that ultimately quieted Lundy’s attacks.  Struggling with an eye injury delivered through head butts in both the first and second round, Herrera’s assault was cut short as the officials called an early stoppage in the fifth round.  In the end, Herrera was declared the winner by majority decision.   

 

“He stung me in the first round and I kind of lost focus,” said Mauricio Herrera. “I started finding my momentum as the rounds went on, but the issue with the cut really made the fight lose its rhythm. I can’t see how deep the cut is but I feel physically fine and could have kept going. I am in good condition and was landing good body shots and was wearing him down.”

 

“You saw it,” said Hank Lundy. “He couldn’t handle my speed, my power or my skills so he was holding and doing a bunch of other dirty stuff. I know I won the fight. And, I was ready to take him out if it kept going.”

 

In the co-main event of the night, Newark, New Jersey’s Michael “The Artist” Perez (23-1-2, 11 KOs) faced Luis Sanchez (17-4-1 5 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round vacant NABO lightweight title fight.  The bout started out as a chess match, both fighters sizing each other up and testing each other’s strength and endurance.The fight became exciting however when Perez landed a stiff shot to the body in the sixth round which brought Sanchez to his knees and stumbling towards the ropes.  Perez earned the win by knockout. 

 

“It started out with my jab,” said Perez. “It is something we have been working on and it is really effective. Some say it is almost as effective as my straight right. I am glad the work I put in showed. I knew I would drop him at some point.”

 

“I feel like the fight was okay,” said Sanchez. “It wasn’t my best. It is not the weight that I normally fight at but I know that isn’t an excuse. Yes, he dropped me that last time but I was fine. When the referee asked me my name, I answered him. I feel he called it off too early.”

 

In the first televised bout of the night, South El Monte, California’s Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) faced Rene Alvarado (22-5, 15 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua in scheduled a 10-round featherweight bout.  While Alvarado delivered a steady stream of punches and dominated Diaz’s space throughout the bout, Diaz delivered sharp decisive blows with accuracy that ultimately gave him the advantage over Alvarado.  A fatigued Diaz fought hard to stay in the fight in round ten as Alvarado knocked him to the ground but undeterred, Diaz bounced back to end strong and win the bout in a unanimous decision.

 

“I felt great,” said Joseph Diaz Jr. “I knew Alvarado was going to bring it and we fought ten hard rounds. But, I landed the bigger shots, the harder shots, and that made the difference.”

 

“I think it was an exciting fight, a fight for the people,” commented Alvarado. “I was his first big test and he did a good job. But, I feel that I dominated the fight and the win should have been mine. This fight should have been for Nicaragua.”

 

The crowd went wild as Los Angeles’ very own Nick Arce  (4-0, 4 KOs) took to the ring against Ricardo Alvarado (7-7, 6 KOs) of McAllen, Texas in a scheduled four-round super featherweight fight. Arce came on strong in round one with solid combos and several uppercuts that had the local crowd on their feet.  The second round however was cut short as Arce took Alvarado to the ropes with a series of unanswered blows leading the referee to call an early stoppage that earned Arce a technical knockout just 1 minute and 35 seconds into the round, leaving Arce’s undefeated record intact. 

 

“I was ready to fight. I had prepared for this moment but you got to respect the referee’s decision. The guy wasn’t throwing back so the referee decided to stop the fight. He is the third man in the ring and you have to do what he tells you to keep this sport safe.”

 

Fan favorite Jason Quigley (7-0, 6 KOs) of Donegal, Ireland took on Tom Howard (8-4, 4 KOs) of Trenton, Michigan in a scheduled six-round super middleweight fight. Quigley dominated the quick fight with unforgiving body blows and decisive jabs to the head that left Howard on the ropes early.  Quigley wins the bout decisively with a knockout in the second round. 

 

“I always prepare to go to the scorecards at every fight,” said Quigley. “But, once I see a weakness and an opportunity, I have to take him out. Boxing is one of those sports where there are no second chances. No do-overs. You just have to take that chance. And, it’s a good feeling to know that you can change the course of a fight with one shot.”

 

Ivan Delgado (6-0-1, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles, California faced Manati, Puerto Rico’s Angel Albelo (4-8-3, 1 KOs) in a scheduled six-round lightweight fight.  Delgado and Abelo gave the crowd an exciting flight.  Neither willing to relent, the two consistently delivered powerful combiations, each answering back the other assaults. Though a brief delay in fight occurred due to a necessary ring repairs, the fighters’ momentum wasn’t lost.  Delgado finished out the bout strong continuing to deliver decisive combos that ultimately won the match for him in unanimous decision.

 

“This fighter was a challenge for me mentally,” said Delgado.” He kept moving around too much and I was preparing for a brawler. I had to focus and not get frustrated. I am happy I got the decision but I wish I would have gotten the knockdown.”

Opening up the night, Zachary Ochoa(12-0, 5 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY went up against David Rodela (17-11, 7KO) of Oxnard, California in an eight-round welterweight fight.  Ochoa came out on the offense early delivering consistent face blows to Rodella, even drawing blood in the fifth round.  Rodella however fought back hard with well-placed power combos to the body but ultimately wasn’t able to combat against Ochoa’s speed. Ochoa takes home the win in a unanimous decision.  

 

Herrera vs Lundy was a 10-round super lightweight bout for the vacant NABF title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with CES Boxing. Perez vs. Sachance was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Cancun Boxing De Pepe Gomez. The event was sponsored by Corona Extra and Mexico – Live It To Believe It!. Doors opened at 4:00 p.m., and the first bell rang at 5:15 p.m. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast began at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT)

 

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