Terence Crawford retained his WBO World Super-Lightweight Title after a convincing stoppage victory over 'Hammerin' Hank Lundy.
After coming through arguably his toughest round to date in the opening three minutes, Crawford grew into the fight before control with his switch-hitting stance causing Lundy big problems.
The sold out crowd of just under 6000 crammed into the MSG Theatre, chanting "Crawford!" throughout, you get the impression Bob Arum's plans to tour the pound for pound star around the country is starting to pay dividends.
Crawford's firm jab was the base for victory, ramming Lundy's head back consistently with the accurate speared shot coming from different angles.
The challenger was dropped after a flurry of hooks, referee Steve Willis took a close look before letting the fight carry on.
'Bud' continued with a consecutive fast paced attack to nail Lundy flush with a pin-point left hook and straight right - before the fight was waved off and rightly so.
Victory ended the Twitter beef which started well over a year ago and the conclusive ending of the fight will surely put things to bed between the pair.
The WBO World Super-Lightweight Title is the dangled carrot for ‘Hammering’ Hank Lundy when he challenges reigning champion Terence Crawford, live on BoxNation Saturday 27 February.
Unbeaten Crawford has been tipped by many to become a potential PPV star and will be keen to make a statement to the rest of the division.
It’s a first shot at World honours for the 32 year old Lundy who will know this could be his only chance of securing a converted World Title fight.
Now a World Champion at two weights, the Omaha native has been promised a big homecoming in the summer should he progress through what is deemed by many as a comfortable voluntary defence.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has laid out plans to showcase Crawford’s talents around the country in the next few years, starting with this headline show at the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York.
Potential unification and fights up at 147lbs have been put on the backburner but there’s no doubting Crawford has the ability to shine in either weight category.
On air @ 2am
The WBO Latino Lightweight Championship
On the undercard, rising starlet Felix Verdejo makes his 20th pro outing against fellow unbeaten fighter William Silva.
Named as Glynn Evans’ one to watch during 2015, Verdejo makes the third defence of his WBO Latino Title against the Brazilian Silva.
A classy amateur, the 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian has made the transition to the paid ranks smoothly knocking out 14 of his 19 opponents.
Our very own Terry Flanagan will be keeping one eye on the contest with Verdejo ranked #6 in the recent WBO World Lightweight Rankings.
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