Tonight at 10:00 pm EST on HBO, Terence Crawford returns to action to defend his WBO junior welterweight title against Hank Lundy, as Crawford goes from Omaha, Nebraska, to New York City, headlining his first card at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Crawford (27-0, 19 KO) has spent the past two years rising up to become arguably Top Rank's hottest young fighter, with titles at 135 and 140 pounds. He won this belt last year against Thomas Dulorme, and defended successfully in October against Dierry Jean. He takes to the ring for the first time in 2016 this evening, taking on tough veteran Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KO), who doesn't lack for confidence or showmanship.
In the co-feature, another rising star will be in action, as Puerto Rican lightweight prospect Felix Verdejo (19-0, 14 KO) faces Brazil's William Silva (23-0, 14 KO) in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds.
BLH will have live round by round coverage of both fights tonight, with Wil Esco on the RBR call.
Terence Crawford def. Hank Lundy by TKO-5.
Felix Verdejo def. William Silva by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 99-91)
ROUND BY ROUND
TERENCE CRAWFORD vs HANK LUNDY
Round 1: Lundy comes out flashing the jab, both fighting right-handed for the moment. Now Crawford goes southpaw, Lundy lands a nice left hook. Lundy lands a hard two punch combination. Lundy smiling. Lundy lands another right hand. Lundy throws two wild punches that miss. Lundy lands a soft right hand, but it lands. Crawford comes back with two punches. Left hook lands again for Lundy. Lundy 10-9.
Round 2: Crawford sticking to his southpaw stance, thows a left hand to the body. Lundy throws a right hand to the body. Crawford trying to get Lundy to over-commit. Crawford lands a jab. Lundy returns the favor, landing one of two jabs. Lundy showcasing a lot of head movement, giving Crawford a moving target. Crawford lands a counter left hand. Lundy goes on the attack, but doesn't land much. Tough round to score, I'm going Crawford. Crawford 10-9.
Round 3: Crawford getting closer and closer with his jabs. Lundy grazes Crawford with his wide shot. Lundy flashes three jabs, then throws a fourth that lands flush. Right hand lands for Lundy. Crawford seems to be having a hard time seeing Lundy's wide shots coming. Jab lands for Lundy. Both fighters get tied up, Lundy attacking in the clinch. Lundy edges the round. Lundy 10-9, 29-28.
Round 4: Lundy comes out and slips a few punches from Crawford. Both men trade leather, Crawford gets the better of it. Now Lundy goes southpaw. Both men trade jabs. Crawford pumping his jab. Lundy has a small cut over his right eye, not clear if it's from a punch or a head clash. Sneaky counter lands for Lundy to end the round. Crawford 10-9.
Round 5: Crawford comes out flashing the jab, getting his measure a little better now. Lundy lands a left hand from the southpaw stance. Crawford wobbles Lundy with a left hand. Crawford trying to come after Lundy now. Crawford drops Lundy! Lundy gets up but Crawford coming right after him again, referee jumps in and stops it. Crawford TKO-5.
FELIX VERDEJO vs WILLIAM SILVA
Round 1: Should be no surprise but the Puerto Ricans came out in full force to support their man. Verdejo comes out cool, calm, and collected, just sizing up Silva. Verdejo flashes a strong jab and then misses with a follow up combination. Silva comes back with his own combination, grazing Verdejo. Verdejo pumps out three jabs as he circles his man. Strong lead left hook lands for Verdejo. Verdejo controlling the limited action in round 1. Verdejo 10-9.
Round 2: Verdejo throws a four punch combination, landing a couple of strong shots. Verdejo trying to hook off the jab, Silva reciprocates. Verdejo taking his time, very patient in his approach for such a young fighter. Silva not intimidated, covering up with a tight defense. Counter left hook lands for Verdejo. Silva lands a good right hand. Close round goes to Verdejo but Silva not backing down. Verdejo 10-9.
Round 3: Verdejo lands a counter right hand, utilizing his quicker hands. Strong jab to the body for Verdejo, followed by a one two that doesn't land cleanly. When Verdejo punches, you can see he is really putting a lot of power behind his shots. Silva pawing with his jab, but getting countered while doing so. Verdejo 10-9, 30-27.
Round 4: Silva comes out behind two jabs that miss, then lands a looping right hand around the guard. Both men getting a little tenative for the moment. Verdejo going back to the jab, boxing on the outside, waiting for Silva to rush in so he can counter. Nice uppercut to the body lands for Verdejo to end the round. Verdejo 10-9.
Round 5: Both men exchange jabs, Verdejo lands a straight right hand. Verdejo slips a combination from Silva. Verdejo lands another counter hook as he's content to wait on the outside while gauging distance well. Verdejo comes forward with a three punch combination, finishing with a left hook to the body. Stong body shots land for Verdejo, followed by a left hook to the head. Verdejo getting a little more aggressive. Verdejo 10-9.
Round 6: Verdejo leaning on his counter left hook when Silva comes forward. Strong jab lands for Verdejo. Verdejo starting to really separate himself from Silva now. Now Silva lands a counter left hook of his own. Verdejo goes back to the jab and a one-two combination. The fighters get tangled and Verdejo throws a body shot which draws a warning from the referee. Verdejo 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Verdejo is just the classier operator in this one, which isn't much of a surprise. Silva trying to do what he can, but he can't do much with Verdejo. Verdejo chases Silva into a corner but Silva gets away. Verdejo gets back to the outside throwing jabs and one-twos. Verdejo 10-9.
Round 8: Silva comes out aggressive this round, going to both sides of the body. Verdejo won't be drawn into Silva's kind of fight, going back to the outside where he's comfortable and effective. Now Verdejo comes forward, throwing a right hand and a left hook. Silva getting more tenative again. Silva lands a right hand to the body, Verdejo pumps the jab. "Baby Face" Silva lets go a few punches, nothing lands. Verdejo 10-9.
Round 9: Silva's corner tells him he's winning the fight in the corner, must be dementia. Verdejo lands a hard two punch combination. Silva lands one of his most significant punches in the fight. Verdejo just taking his time, jabbing and countering when Silva steps forward. Verdejo 10-9.
Round 10: Last round. Verdejo in his comfort zone and not looking to change anything. Silva lands a right hand to the body. Verdejo misses a big left hook, goes back to his strong jab. Verdejo fights very disciplined, staying on an even keel. Verdejo rocks Silva with a right Hook. Silva moves back as he shakes it off. Verdejo 10-9. Silva celebrates as if he's won - ridiculous. BLH has it a whitewashing for Verdejo, 100-90.