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Petr Petrov-Hank Lundy on Willie Monroe-Bryan Vera card

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Petr Petrov will fight Hank Lundy in a lightweight bout on Jan. 16 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino, Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions announced on Wednesday.

Petrov (35-4-2, 17 knockouts) and Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) will meet on the undercard of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” main event between middleweights Willie Monroe Jr. (18-1, 6 KOs) and Bryan Vera (23-8, 14 KOs).

“This will be a tremendous night of boxing. This fight along, with Monroe and Vera, will not only be great fights in the ring,” said Pelullo, who is co-promoting the event with Classic Entertainment and SportsBoxing. “But these fights have huge implications as both winners will likely fight for world titles by the end of the year. We are excited to put on two of the most television friendly fights you can make in both the lightweight and middleweight divisions.”

Petrov, 31, has won three straight fights since falling by unanimous decision to Dejan Zlaticanin in April 2013. Petrov won his next three fights, however, and with them, the 2014 Boxcino championship.



Those victories were, in succession, over previously undefeated Fedor Papzov unanimous decision in February, and by fourth and eighth round stoppage over Chris Rudd and Fernando Carcamo in March and May, respectively.

Lundy, 31, was is coming off last month’s split-decision loss to Thomas Dulorme, who floored Lundy in the first round. Lundy also owns wins over current WBA titleholder Richar Abril, Dannie Williams and Olusegan Ajose.

“This is a great opportunity for Hank Lundy to get back in the ring and back on track following a hard-fought bout against Thomas Dulorme in December. What the whole world saw last month is that Hammerin’ Hank won’t back down from a challenge,” said Jimmy Burchfield, president of CES Boxing.

“Most fighters would want a tune-up coming off a loss. Not Hank. He’s right back at it in another tough bout against a worthy opponent. This is what defines his legacy. No fighter puts it all on the line more than Hammerin’ Hank…Petr Petrov is as good as it gets in this weight class, but ESPN has been the home for some of Hank’s finest performances, and we don’t expect Jan. 16 to be any different.”

Monroe, 28, has won eight consecutive fights, just two by stoppage, since falling by split decision to Darnell Boone in March 2011. Monroe’s past two wins were by unanimous decision over previously unbeaten fighters Vitaliy Kopylenko in April and Brandon Adams in May.

Vera, 33, has lost his last two fights as a super middleweight by unanimous decision to former middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in September 2013 and March 2014.

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