Hank Lundy to Fight for UBF Title in Cincinnati Main Event
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Cincinnati, Ohio (December 30th, 2016)– Philadelphia lightweight contender Hammerin’ Hank Lundy will battle John Delperdang
For the vacant Universal Boxing Federation World Lightweight title in the main event of a six bout card at B.O.O.M. Fitness Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday evening, January 30, 2016, promoted by Robert ‘Boom-Boom’ James and B.O.O.M. Promotions. If Ohio Boxing Athletic Commissioner Ray ‘Boom-Boom’ Mancini shows up as the lead official, there will be two well-known boxing ‘Boom-Booms’ in the room.
“That would be fantastic!” noted James, who hopes Mancini will show up to supervise the officials at his card.
In an exclusive interview, James talked about his close association with boxer Hank Lundy and top promoter Jimmy Burchfield. “Hank Lundy has his training camp here in Cincinnati, and we grew kind of close. We became close over the years, and stayed in contact. When I stepped up to this adventure on my own, I saw an opportunity to have Hank on my card. Mr. Jimmy Burchfield (Hank’s promoter) has been a blessing, trying to tutor me into the professional boxing field. He’s really made for a fantastic card for us. Our B.O.O.M. Promotions partnership with him and Hank Lundy has been a blessing for us.”
Lundy, 26-6-1 with 13 knockouts, has consistently fought the best opponents between 134 and 140 pounds lightweight and super lightweight since debuting in Massachusetts in July 2006. Lundy is coming off a World Boxing Organization World Super Lightweight title challenge loss against Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden in February 2016.
Ohio is a good place for Lundy, given his record. Lundy, who at 32 years old still has substantial opportunities to rise again, has a history of success on Ohio, having knocked down and decisioned Angelo Santana in Cleveland, Ohio, over 10 rounds in February 2014.
Lundy’s best feature, and his most difficult road, is he only fights the best fighters available in the 135 and 140 pound divisions, having fought Jason Cintron ( KO 5), Richar Abril (Win 10), Tyrese Hendrix (Win 10), Omri Lauther (Win 10), Patrick Lopez (Win 10), David Diaz (KO 6), John Molina Jr. (TKO by 11), Dannie William (Win 10), Raymundo Beltran ( Lose 10), Victor Postol (Lose 12), Ajose Olusegun (Win 10), Gerardo Cueva (KO 2), Mauricio Herrera (Lost Technical Decision 5 due to accidental head butts on both of Herrera’s eyes), Carlos Winston Velasquez (TKO 5), and Terence Crawford (TKO by 6).
His obscure titular opponent, John ‘Bang-Bang’ Delperdang, 10-1 with nine knockouts, Escondido, California, At age 24 has only been a professional for 15 months, but in that time he has a 90% knockout ratio, with Jesus Ortiz, Luis Ulloa, and Andres Figueroa among his knockout victims. Delperdang is also an accomplished technical fighter, having won an eight round decision over 8-0-1 Oscar Mejia in Mexico this past September.
Lundy is predicted to win the vacant UBF World Lightweight by 12 round decision. Event Matchmaker Mike Melendez will serve as the supervising UBF official. Considering Lundy’s vast experience, and the fact he is just coming off another world title fight, he should win. However, Lundy, despite being a top notch fighter, but compete with ten months of inactivity. Delperdang will be fighting his sixth fight in seven months.
In a battle between Ohio prospects in the preliminary bout to the main event, 1-0 welterweight Charles Stanford is predicted to win by four round decision over 0-2 Noel Rodriguez.
The prospects card includes four debuting fighters getting their start on the Boom-Boom James card in Cincinnati. Cruiserweight Chris Curtis debuts against Michigan’s 1-0 Marcus Maulding. Cruiserweight Abdula Muhammad debuts against North Carolina’s 1-2 Demonte Cherry. Middleweight Kevin Roundtree debuts against Daren Johnson. Featherweight Trevir Ballinger debuts against 0-2 Christopher Nelson of Louisville, Kentucky.
On Friday evening, December 30, 2016, Doors for the card will open at 5 P.M., with the first bout at 6 P.M. at the B.O.O.M. Fitness Center Sports Complex, Cincinnati, Ohio. Tickets cost $250 V.I.P., $100 ringside, Elite $50 and General Admission $30 online via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hank-lundy-vs-john-delperdang-world-title-fight-tickets-30433428203 or call 513-409-2663, or purchase event tickets at the door the day of the event. Free parking is available at the B.O.O.M. Fitness Center. The GPS address is B.O.O.M. Fitness Center, 10765 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio. Accommodations are available, call for reservations at Spring Hill Suites Cincinnati Midtown 513-381-8300 at 610 Eden Park Drive, Sycamore Hotel 513-761-2575 at 7759 Reading Road, and Carousel Inn & Suites 513-821-9300 at 8001 Reading Road.