A few notes from around the boxing world:
The fight has not been finalized yet, but junior welterweight titlist and 2014 fighter of the year Terence Crawford likely will defend against “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy on Feb. 27 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, Top Rank told ESPN.com on Monday. The fight has been approved by HBO, which will air it as the main event of a card that will also feature 2014 prospect of the year and rising lightweight star Felix Verdejo (19-0, 14 KOs) against an opponent to be determined. A news conference to announce the card is being planned for Jan. 12 in New York. Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs), who will be making his second defense, had hoped to fight a bigger name, but Lundy was deemed the best available opponent willing to fight him. Crawford is in the process of finalizing his deal for the bout with Top Rank. Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) will be a huge underdog, having lost two of his past three fights. He has also lost to opponents such as Thomas Dulorme and Raymundo Beltran, both of whom were easily beaten by Crawford in title fights.
Bantamweight titlist Pungluang Sor Singyu (51-3, 35 KOs), 27, of Thailand, will be at home when he makes his first defense, which is scheduled to come against the Philippines’ Jetro Pabustan (26-2-6, 7 KOs), 26, on Feb.12 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Pabustan is 4-0-1 in his past five fights and will be taking on his first quality opponent in Sor Singyu, who knocked out Japan's Ryo Akaho in the second round on Aug. 7 to claim the vacant belt. Sor Singyu has won five fights in a row since he challenged for the same belt in July 2014, but was knocked out by a body shot from then-titleholder Tomoki Kameda in the second round in Las Vegas on the Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara undercard.
Phoenix light heavyweight prospect David Benavidez, 19, the younger brother of interim junior welterweight titlist Jose Benavidez Jr., has been added to the Jan. 19 (Fox Sports 1) Premier Boxing Champions card at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Benavidez (11-0, 10 KOs), who turned pro at 16 in Mexico because he was not old enough to box in the United States, is slated to face Kevin Cobbs (10-1, 4 KOs), of Burlington, Vermont, in an eight-round bout. In his most recent fight in November, Benavidez scored a sensational first-round knockout of Felipe Romero on national television.