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Hank Lundy vs. Dannie Williams

(NABF Lightweight Title)

12 Rounds, Mashantucket, CT, March 30, 2012 (ESPN2)

Philadelphia’s Hammerin’ Hank Lundy returns to Friday Night Fights this weekend with the hopes of defending his NABF title for the second time, against the hard punching St. Louis native Dannie Williams.  Hank Lundy, 21-1-1 with 11 knockouts, is currently rated #7 by boxrec.com, and he has won three fights in a row, including an impressive stoppage of David Diaz in his most recent outing.  In that fight Lundy got off the deck and proceeded to dispose of the veteran Diaz in convincing fashion, proving that his boisterous attitude is not the only article of interest in his repertoire.  The guy can talk a good game, but he is equally good at following through inside the ropes.  In this fight, he faces a very “dangerous” puncher in Dannie Williams, who is 21-1 with 17 knockouts and currently rated #41 by boxrec.com.  He has won nine fights in a row since dropping a unanimous decision to Eloy Perez in September of 2009, including seven wins inside the distance.  Williams is an explosive fighter who packs a lot of excitement in his right hand, and given the temperament of Lundy and the boxer versus puncher matchup that is present here, the action in this fight is guaranteed; but don’t take my word for it, let Lundy express in his own words, why it is imperative that you tune in to this week’s installment of Friday Night Fights.“I’m the guy everybody wants to see.  Hammerin’ Hank and TV-that goes together.  A guy like me needs to be in the spotlight.”  Well, he’s got my attention.               

Henry Lundy

21-1-1 (11)

 

Dannie Williams

21-1 (17)

B

Opposition & Experience

C

B+

Punch Output

B-

B+

Boxing Ability & Intangibles

B

B

Aggression

B

C

Power

A

A

Hand Speed

A

B+

Defense

B

C+

Chin

B+

B

Conditioning

B

B

Punch Accuracy

B+

The Break Down

Hank Lundy is a very slick and talented southpaw that knows how to box, bang, slip and slide.  He can work you over from distance, and he can mix it on the inside as well.  He is the more experienced fighter coming into this contest (having beaten David Diaz, Patrick Lopez and Richard Abril), and he is well versed in the rudiments of boxing and defense.  If he stays active, and does not get careless he is difficult to beat on the scorecards.

The good news for Dannie Williams is that he is an excellent puncher with comparable hand speed and power.  His one-punch knockout of Antonio Cervantes was one of the most brutal KO’s of 2011, and should serve as a reminder to Lundy to remain focused on the task at hand.  After all, he was knocked down by Abril and Diaz, and knocked out by John Molina just four fights ago, so his “whisker confidence” should be trending downwards.     

Here is the clip of Williams’ sensational knockout for those that would like a refresher:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piZAgNmd3Es

Lundy may have the higher work rate, but Williams is a very patient and accurate counter puncher with excellent reflexes and a pretty good defense of his own.  If he can press the action, shoot straighter shots, and not allow Lundy to dictate the pace of the fight, then he has a good chance of pulling the upset.  All it takes is another perfectly timed right hand.

Conclusion

Lundy is a talented boxer, but he has a tendency to get “cute” at times, playing and taunting his opponents, and letting his emotions get the best of him.  He is capable of putting on a clinic and winning this thing comfortably by decision, but his vulnerabilities in the chin department make the prediction a little more complicated.  Lundy is a good offensive fighter, but his defense gets loose when he opens up on offense, and if John Molina was capable of capitalizing on his openings than it is very plausible to think that Dannie Williams might have similar success.       

This is a tough one to call.  I either think Lundy will win in a decision, or Williams will win by KO.  Lundy has the experience, the boxing ability, defense, and activity necessary to win, but Williams counters that with sharp counter punching and a heavy hand.  If he catches Lundy just right its lights out. 

Unfortunately, for Williams’ sake, I think Lundy will be just a tad too crafty and too busy offensively, throwing combinations and moving away before Williams can set up his power shots, and in the end, this thrilling, action packed night of boxing will culminate with Lundy as the clear winner.     

(Lundy by unanimous decision)

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3 comments

  1. Steve says:

    Dannie Williams by KO. PLEASE ADMIT YOUR WRONG AFTER THE FIGHT IN A ARTICLE.

    • Williams by KO is a VERY good possibility, as I mentioned. If Lundy gets caught its over. If not, his activity will help him on the scorecards. But, I thought Suriyan Sor Rungvisai would win this week, so I am already 0 for 1. Being wrong is a part of it.

  2. Chris says:

    Interesting comment Steve but do not underestimate the Neutralcorneronline :-)
    I have studied most prediction sites and this is the number one. Nobody knows the future thus even more interesting trying to forsee it !!!
    I am going back and forth myself wheter to wager some cash on the fight :-)

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