Terence Crawford vs Hank Lundy & Felix Verdejo vs William Silva
BY KID HERSH
HBO Boxing after dark card from MSG. First up was Felix Verdejo (19-0, 14ko's) vs William Silva (23-0, 14ko's). In the first round it was mostly a feeler with Verdejo moving quite a bit and showing his hand speed but not opening up yet. Silva was waiting on Verdejo, being patient in respecting the hot prospects reputation which, funny enough, is for about everything in the book. In the second round Verdejo got a little busier and was picking his spots on Silva while he had the slower man turning in circles looking to counter but not getting many shots. Verdejo was sticking and moving and getting more and more in rhythm until in the final minute of the round Silva had his first success of the fight with right hands scoring over the top. Probably nothing much to worry about as they clearly didn't do anything to him but they do show that Verdejo has to respect Silva's skill. The third round was more Verdejo as he is figuring out his man and unleashing more combinations, which he got away with due to those fast hands. He is ever inching in control more and more. This was evidenced in the next couple rounds as he was sitting down on his punches more and looking to do damage. He landed a right hand with bad intentions to open the fifth round. Had the punch landed it may have ended the fight but it was not quite flush. Silva was covering up and showing decent boxing capability but it is pretty clear that he is not able to pull the trigger because he isn't nearly as fast as Verdejo. Also, Verdejo uses his length to get the edge on Silva and cause him to not pull the trigger. As the fight went on it was much more of the same seen above. I do have some criticisms for the Puerto Rican prospect, all while people are comparing him to Felix Trinidad (Roy saying he learn from him getting knocked down many times and chooses to box and find the time and place to land his power shot, LOL)
Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13ko's) vs Terence Crawford (27-0, 19ko’s). In the first round Lundy was exploding with very wild power hooks to try and catch Crawford with sloppy shots. Some landed, being so unpredictable, that they actually landed. Overall it was sloppy work by Lundy though and Crawford was already figuring him out by the end of the round in his southpaw style. This showed in the second round as well as he picked his spots and used his length to do more of the same. The coming rounds were more of Crawford breaking his man down, while Lundy was trying to land his ridiculously wild punches to no effect. Lundy even turned southpaw while trying to mock Crawford - initially landing some shots but eventually Crawford figured him out in no time. In the fifth round Lundy was looking weary at the very start of it, but despite this he was still in the southpaw stance switched to a couple of rounds ago. He was swinging wildly, as he has been for a lot of this fight, but Crawford was on him and pressing very hard. He landed a left hand about a minute into the round that buckled Lundys legs. Crawford pursued, chasing him into the ropes and landing power shots upstairs and to the body. Lundy was wilting, and after tipping forward off the ropes he took another left hand flush through the guard that put him down in exciting fashion - with the power evident due to him leaning forward and taking it full force so hard that it put him backwards. Lundy got up, surprisingly, but Crawford hammered him into submission shortly thereafter.