Unbeaten Lightweights Hank Lundy and Tyrese Hendrix on ESPN2!
Ken Hissner (April 15, 2010) Doghouse Boxing  
Friday night at the Omni New Daisy Theater in Memphis, TN, lightweights “Hammerin ” Hank Lundy, 17-0-1 (10), of Philadelphia and Tyrese “Head Honcho” Hendrix, 18-0-1 (7), from Gainesville, GA, put their unbeaten records on the line in a 10 round NABO title bout.

For Lundy who is ranked #10 by the USBA, #6 by the NABF and #6 in the US by Box Rec, it’s another step closer to the title match that he has been seeking under New England Jimmy Burchfield’s CES banner and from manager Ivan Cohen, who once directed Buster Drayton to the IBF light middleweight title.

Lundy’s one draw was with southpaw Darnell Jiles, Jr., then 8-0 of Rochester, in Seneca, NY, in an exciting draw some two years ago. Jiles didn’t fight again for almost a year before losing to another Philadelphia boxer, “The New” Ray Robinson. Speaking of Robinson, Lundy has used him for sparring being he is also a southpaw as is Hendrix.

Their bout will be a co-main event with heavyweights Tony Thompson and Owen Beck over ESPN2. Besides CES, Goossen Tutor and Prize Fight Boxing Promotions will share in the promotion. When I reminded Lundy that Hendrix was from the south (GA), where the fight is, Hendrix may have an edge. His reply was “I’ll be sending him home on the Midnight Train to Georgia in 4 or 5 rounds”. Lundy is never lost for words. I remember his prediction in taking out the brother of Kermit Cintron, Jason Cintron in Newark, in April of last year. “He will go in 3 rounds,” said Lundy. When the fight went 5 before Lundy knocked out the then unbeaten Cintron, 10-0, I questioned why it took so long. It was one of those rare times he had no comeback other than a good chuckle.

Lundy is trained by Sloan Harrison and will be seconded by strength and condition coach Brian Cohen. In Lundy’s last fight he had his four fight knockout streak stopped in winning a 10 round split decision over highly touted Cuban Richard Abril, then 12-1-1, in January at The Roxy, in Boston. It was Lundy’s first time fighting past six rounds.

For Hendrix, after turning pro in a draw decision he has won 18 straight all in the south. His last three fights have been at the Tunica Casino, in MS, where his promoter Prize Fight Boxing, one of this fights promoters, operates out of. He has won the CAM welterweight and NABA lightweight titles. His biggest win was over former world champion Luis Bolano in 2008. His last fight was an 8 round decision over veteran Marteze Logan in December. He is ranked #13 by the NABF and #7 by the NABA.

In talking with Hendrix he is trained by Jason Jorgersen and Barry Richardson. Shane Bailey is his manager. His promoter, Prize Fight Promotions has put him in his last three fights. He mentioned he fought Ebo Elder in the amateurs. “I’ve seen tapes of Lundy and have nothing bad to say about him. He looks like a fighter who comes to you. I’m more of a boxer-puncher and I plan on winning this fight on my way to a title,” said Hendrix.

Both boxers have only made 135 once in their careers, so it may be a fight of nutrition. On paper both are evenly matched. This is a fight between two of the best prospects in the lightweight division. The winner should be in line for a world ranking.

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