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Eastern Regional Report- Aug. 26, 2011


Lundy Picks Himself- and Career- off Canvas to Reestablish Himself in Lightweight Division
 
“Hammerin’ Hank” Lundy had to have seen his boxing career flash before his eyes in the fourth round of his fight with David Diaz on “Friday Night Fights” last week. Just like a year ago against John Molina, Lundy won the early rounds with a combination of movement and hand speed. However, also just like a year ago, Lundy got caught backing away from his opponent with his chin up, making a nice target. And just as Molina did last year, Diaz used an overhand right to send Lundy staggering, then down in the fourth round.

Lundy survived Diaz’s subsequent onslaught, doing his best to counter Diaz’s flurries with punches of his own, landing one that caused a horrible gash over Diaz’s right eye. Diaz claimed it was an elbow; referee Gerald Scott ruled it came from a punch. As blood covered the right side of Diaz’s face and threatened to end the bout, Diaz furiously went all out, tiring himself out in the process. Lundy, in the meantime, had completely recovered from the knockdown.
 
With blood still streaming from Diaz’s eye, it was clear the fight was not going last much longer, one way or another. With the advantage of Diaz’s limited vision, Lundy landed a left hand flush to Diaz’s bloodied face sending him down and out, 37 seconds into the sixth round.
 
It was an important victory for Lundy; however, questions remain about his ability to compete at the highest levels of the lightweight division. First and foremost, can he learn to stop backing up with his chin exposed? Give Lundy credit; he did recover well from the knockdown (which he told Maxboxing on Tuesday was due to intense training) and did what he had to do to earn to win. He will now jump back into the rankings of most sanctioning bodies and should get his chance soon to prove he is title contender-worthy.
 

Andrade Wins but Fails to Impress 

 
Even after complimentary words about 2008 US Olympian Demetrius Andrade in the early rounds, guest commentator Andre Ward acknowledged in the fifth round, “One of these guys has to step it up if they want this fight.” That pretty much describes Andrade’s ten-round unanimous decision over veteran Grady Brewer.
 
I won’t say Andrade looked bad; he didn’t. He just looked like someone taking a big step up in competition and was trying to be as safe and effective without taking any chances. The crowd felt that as well as boos could be heard throughout the mid-to-late rounds. Andrade said himself in the pre-fight interview, shown before the fight as well as in an excerpt during the eighth round, that his strategy was to “jab, jab, jab, jab, jab, jab, jab, and jab some more.” He did accomplish that yet at times, it was evident that Andrade has not progressed far from his amateur days. Many of his punches were slapping, almost open-handed shots, and he clearly does not want to get hit at all. Ward explained it best when he said Andrade had to “learn not to panic every time he’s touched on the arm.”
 
So Andrade jabbed and moved and ran to a lackluster ten-round win but a bigger question begs to be asked: How far has US amateur boxing fallen when even the Olympians are so unprepared for the professional ranks?
 

United Boxers Holds Fourth Card in Five Months

 
I have to tip my hat to the United Boxers promotional group that has managed to hold four cards in just five months and are providing valuable opportunities for DC/Baltimore prospects to fight at home. My concern, however, is with the competition they are providing for these prospects. A perfect example is Baltimore welterweight prospect James Stevenson, 15-0 (10). At age 28, he has been matched twice against 11-33-5 Jose Angel Roman. I don’t know how a lopsided decision in April justifies a rematch in August.
 
Another Baltimore prospect, 14-0 Emmanuel Taylor scored big victories in 2010 with a win over Doel Carrasquillo in only his sixth pro contest and Ayi Bruce two fights later. However, since then, he has been spoon-fed a feast of palookas including 3-17 Joey Ortega and the aforementioned Roman. The problem is that Taylor often builds a lead before cruising to a victory with minimal effort in the late rounds. It appears he broke that habit last Friday with a knockout of local opponent Lenwood Dozier. However, I still see more record-building than fighter development with Taylor’s team.
 
That said, given the reputation and work of Chris Middendorf of United Boxers, it’s very possible that in the near future, I will be praising the fight cards of United Boxers. After all, it takes time to get successfully up and running at 100 percent.
 

Matchmaker Renee Aiken Makes Promotional Debut in DC

 
“Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken makes her promotional debut with a card at the DC Star Club on Saturday night. I’ll be there with a Missouri “Show Me” attitude. Aiken is a well-respected matchmaker and does stress a fighter’s ability above his record but as was pointed out by a reader on Gary Williams’ Boxing Along the Beltway blog, the local fighters come in with a combined record of 90-7, while the opponents come in at 9-95.
 
The main event features featherweight Thomas Snow, 15-1 (9) with the likely opponent Ever Luis Perez, 12-20 (9). Snow wants to be considered a prospect, his only loss coming at the hands of Teon Kennedy, yet he has only faced one other opponent with a winning record. Beating Perez, who has suffered 17 losses by KO, will do little to get Snow closer to the status of bona fide prospect.
 
In addition to a host of local fights, DC fans will also get another look at 19-year old, 5-0 (3) junior middleweight Alantez Fox. Fox has developed an excellent left jab and is a tall 154-pounder. He’ll face North Carolina’s Aaron Williams, 0-2, but I personally feel Fox can be developed a little faster than the current route being taken.
 

Early Body Shot Keeps Lightweight Mikey Perez Unbeaten

 
21-year old Mikey Perez needed only 49 seconds and one perfectly placed body shot to stop Miguel Rodriguez and improve his record to 14-0-1 (8). A right uppercut by Perez landed just under the rib cage of Rodriguez and with the upward thrust knocked the wind completely out of Rodriguez, who tried but could not stay upright as he sucked for air.
 
Perez is the exception among Golden Boy fighters in that he is developing a solid following in his Newark, NJ hometown, as well as in Puerto Rico. Keep an eye on this young man as he matures, and starts stepping up his competition in 2012.
 

Dusty Harrison Added to Fairfax Card

 
After starting his career 2-0 with fights in Mississippi, 17-year-old high school senior Dusty Harrison will make his hometown debut as he fights at George Mason University’s Patriot Center, on the September 10th Jimmy Lange vs. Raul Munoz card. He will face debuting Josh Rupard, of which very little is known. It is said he has competed in MMA but that remains unconfirmed. Either way, it’s a great addition to the always fun nights of boxing put together by Team Lange.
 
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