With two notable victories in a row, both regarded in many quarters as upsets, Philadelphia’s “Hammerin’" Hank Lundy believes he should get a shot a world title next, be it at lightweight or junior welterweight.
On Friday, he easily outpointed lightweight Angelo Santana, dropping him in the ninth round and handing the once red-hot Cuban prospect his second consecutive loss. All three judges had the fight 98-91 in Lundy’s favor.
In July, Lundy (24-3-1, 11 KOs) took a similarly one-sided decision against Olusegun Ajose, whose only previous loss had been a 10th-round stoppage against heavy-handed Lucas Matthysse.
Lundy, 30, also owns solid victories against Dannie Williams (2012) and former lightweight titlist David Diaz (2011).
Even his losses in 2012 and 2013 go down as not so bad. One was a majority decision to Raymundo Beltran, a top lightweight contender who should have a world title but for the hometown draw Ricky Burns got in a title defense last year in Scotland. The other was a competitive decision loss to Viktor Postol in Ukraine.
Coming off the impressive performance against Santana, Lundy wants a title shot.
“If it’s not a world title, I’m not trying to hear it,” Lundy said. “Before, I took any and every fight, but now I’m trying to be smart. Right now, I want that world title. I’ve paid my dues. I need my shot.”
It’s possible that Lundy could take another nontitle bout in April, but it’s a belt that he really wants, whether it's at 135 or 140 pounds.
He said he would also love to fight Matthysse, even though it wouldn’t be for a world title. They were supposed to fight, but it fell apart because of Lundy’s managerial issues.
“I’ll still beat him badly,” Lundy said.
In 2010, Lundy won a split decision against Richar Abril, who later won a lightweight world title. Lundy would like a rematch for Abril’s title.
“We should do it again, this time for a world title,” Lundy said. “At 135, it doesn’t matter who it is. If you’re a champ, I want you. I’m in line. It’s my time. I’m not one-dimensional, baby. I can do it all. At the end of the day, I’m searching for a world title, and that should be my next fight.
“I’ve fought everybody they put in front of me. Santana, he was 14-1 with 11 big knockouts, and he tried to do the same to me but I had other plans. I showed the world again what Hammerin’ Hank is all about. I knew I could outbox this guy, and I went out there and dominated. I had so much going on in my career before, but now all my focus is on fighting, so that’s what you’re seeing -- Hammerin’ Hank fighting and getting the job done.”