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Terence Crawford plans to take Hank Lundy to the streets

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Jan 12, 2016; New York, NY, USA; WBO junior welterweight titleholder Terence Crawford vs. Hank Lundy press conference at Chase Square at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/Top Rank Promotions

Jan 12, 2016; New York, NY, USA; WBO junior welterweight titleholder Terence Crawford (left) vs. Hank Lundy press conference at Chase Square at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/Top Rank Promotions

 

He has a gentle demeanor, is soft-spoken. You would get it if you didn’t know who he was and you were told Terence Crawford is a Nebraskan.

Not prone to trash-talking nor exhibitions of megalomania.

Polite guy, overall, he’ll say it’s up to the suits to figure out who is on his To-Do List.



Ah, but we saw a different side of “Bud” today in NYC, at a presser to hype a Feb. 27 Top Rank Promotions card at the Madison Square Garden Theater, portions of which will run on HBO.

Some flashes of feistiness, of the street persona which had a younger, less-wise Crawford hang around people who not only owned guns but used them – and not for hunting game – came out when he aimed his eyes at Philly fighter Hank Lundy, a road warrior sort promoted by Rhode Island lifer Jimmy Burchfield.

Lundy took to the mic and told the media at MSG that he’d come up the hard way, never turned down a challenge and that the joint would be packed with his people come next month. “I’m ready to rumble now; I’m street. We can bring it out there if you want,” Lundy said.

After Crawford trainer/co-manager Brian McIntyre threw some body blows at Lundy, noting copious blemishes on his ledger, his charge took to the mic.

His mood was now a shade darker; I’m really street, he said, that is no secret. My pedigree there is marked by bullet holes, was the implication. Where are your proof scars? The WBO junior welterweight titlist then flipped the switch back, smiled and said he knew Lundy is a game pro.

Lundy told me he’s thinking he KOs Crawford, maybe in the early rounds. After the event, he chortled, believing he’d gotten under Bud’s skin. I’m not so sure; Crawford looked composed even as he spewed polite fire.

This for sure: Lundy perked up the presser and propelled tix sales, which start tomorrow.

Puerto Rican young gun Felix Verdejo was charming, as usual. He said he will give his people something to be happy about when he does his thing against William Silva.

My take: The A-sides are clear favorites. Expect both to prevail, with Verdejo building toward a summer appearance crafted around the Puerto Rican Day Parade. And Lundy could well offer us a spirited tiff, get us seeing an edgier Crawford in the ring.

 

Michael Woods used to be ready to rumble; he was 100% street. These days, he’s all about the front stoop. Maybe no further than the sidewalk. Hey, it’s dangerous with all those cars speeding by and whatnot.

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