Hank Lundy hit the canvas in the first round tonight on ESPN Friday Night Fights, but after that, school was in session for lightweight prospect Dannie Williams, as Lundy rebounded to win a wide unanimous decision over 10 rounds at Foxwoods in Connecticut. Lundy won on scores of 98-91, 97-92, and 97-92. Bad Left Hook scored it 97-92 for Lundy.
Lundy (22-1-1, 11 KO) picked up his fourth straight win and may have potentially put himself in line for a major title shot by the end of 2012 with this win, delivering a clinic to the talented but still-raw Williams (21-2, 17 KO) for the majority of the fight. Lundy, known for his reckless offensive style, toned it down some tonight and used his jab to great effect, keeping the somewhat one-dimensional Williams at bay and also landing plenty of good power shots along the way as Williams tried to walk in on him.
For Lundy, it may well have been, as ESPN's Joe Tessitore said, the most complete performance we've seen out of him to date. He was able to avoid a lot of the wild-swinging brawls he has a habit of getting into, which minimized his mistakes and left Williams with precious few opportunities to capitalize.
For Williams, this is a loss, but he didn't stink it out in there and remains a solid, real prospect. He's got a lot to work on, but this is the sort of fight that can teach a young fighter a lot.
In the TV opener, local draw Elvin Ayala improved to 25-5-1 (11 KO) with an eight-round points win over 42-year-old Eric Mitchell (23-9-1, 11 KO). Mitchell was fighting on three days' notice, and given that and his age, he was in good shape and put in an admirable performance, but the fight was clearly Ayala's.