Lundy Wins UBF Title in Cincinnati, Gets Taken on 12 Round Trip to Hell by Delperdang
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Photo courtesy Lisa Lorta for B.O.O.M. Promotions
Cincinnati, Ohio (1/1/2017)– Hammerin’ Hank Lundy is the new United Boxing Federation World Lightweight champion at 135 pounds. In the main event of a six bout card at B.O.O.M. Fitness Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, promoted by B.O.O.M. Promotions, Lundy won a 12 round unanimous decision over a game but clearly outmatched John Delperdang to win the UBF title on Friday evening, December 30, 2016, Lundy’s third win in his last six bouts since May 2014.
Delperdang, in a unique unexpected twist, who went pro in July 2015 and has only 14 pro bouts, was a most definite surprise to be even in the house with Lundy, a 34 bout veteran of ten years of experience who has consistently been regarded as a top 20 caliber 135 pound boxer worldwide throughout his career. Matchups can be lopsided or strange, and depending on the viewpoint of the referee, a longer bout than it should be. On this occasion, it appeared a mismatch when Delperdang steped into the ring with Hammerin’ Hank.
Lundy, 27-6-1 with 13 knockouts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, won the first 12 rounder of his career, and his first world title bout of any kind. His knee problems, an issue since his loss to Terence Crawford in a WBO World Super Lightweight title bout ten months ago, seem to be behind him. Yet Delperdang, 10-2 with nine knockouts, Escondido, California, was able to survive a 12 round trip to hell with Lundy, who outworked Delperdang in a bout where the referee woulda shoulda coulda stopped the massacre but let the bout go 12.
Delperdang came into Cincinnati with the right idea, to get Lundy to tire himself out in the first six rounds, and then come on with both hands in the second half of the Delperdang took a beat most of the night, but was able to survive 12 round titular journey of torture from Lundy on his feet.
While Lundy is a better boxer at 135 pounds than he is at 140 pounds, a top 20 fighter is supposed to be a serious challenger for the world title. Lundy has to be more than a ‘get a win and then get cashed out’ fighter. In a bout against an unknown inexperienced opponent, Hank Lundy appeared far from perfect. Lundy has to be able to knock out opponents like Delperdang, a former boxing student of Mike Weaver who hung tough.
In the post fight interview, Lundy conceded the Delperdang corner came in with the correct game plan, but noted his ring experience still won him the 12 round title bout.
Result: Henry ‘ Hank’ Lundy Win 12 John Delperdang, Lightweights
Lundy wins vacant Universal Boxing federation World Lightweight title
Scoring: 118-110, 119-109, and 119-109 for Lundy.
UBF Supervisor: Michael Melendez
B.O.O.M. Fitness Center Undercard Bouts
Chris Curtis TKO 2 Chris Maulding, Cruiserweights
Pro debut for Chris Curtis in Cincinnati is a successful one.
Kevin Roundtree TKO 3 Daren Johnson, Super Middleweights
Kevin Roundtree no relation to Richard Roundtree, the actor who played Shaft three times
Christopher Nelson Win Unanimous Decision 4 Trevir Ballinger, Featherweights
0-2 Nelson of Louisville Kentucky ruined the pro debut of Ballinger.
Charles Stanford Win Unanimous Decision Noel Rodriguez, Super Welterweights
2-0 Stanford got an unexpected toe-to-toe war form 0-2 Rodriguez. You never know.