By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Coming in on three days’ notice, light welterweight Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (19-1, 8 KOs) took a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision Omri Lowther (14-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Club Metropolis in Montreal. Scores were 98-92, 100-90, 100-90.
“I still look pretty right?” said a pumped Lundy as he left the ring and returned to his dressing room afterwards. Lundy might have look pretty but the fight itself was often somewhat less than that with long periods of inactivity from both fighters. The Atlanta born Lowther who now fights out of Toronto under Chris Johnson, trainer of two-time world champion Steve Molitor often proved tough to hit and countered well but Lundy was just too strong for his opponent.
The Philadelphia fighter scored early with some sweeping lefts to the body and was able to unload and manhandle his opponent when ever the two found themselves in close quarters.
By the seventh round it looked as if Lowther was beginning to find a rhythm as Lundy slowed down and looked like he might be hitting a wall. The malaise was just temporary though as the Toronto fighter wasn’t busy enough and Lundy came roaring back in the 8th with a left to the body and a pair of rights upstairs forcing his opponent back into the ropes and holding on.
Lundy was able to build on the momentum and once again had Lowther hurt and holding on in the 9th.
“We trained hard for this one,” said Lundy who replaced original opponent Edner Cherry. “After that Molina loss, we knew that was a fluke, the referee should have never stopped that fight. But it didn’t matter, after that fight we got right back in the gym and started working. We live in the gym, you’re only a phone call away from a fight and we showed that we were ready.”
Lundy who came in a pound heavy and lost 20 percent of his purse admitted that the victory help erase any misgivings he may have had at the weigh-in. “The win made it better. I tell you I run and duck from nobody, this guy was 14-1, I run and duck from nobody, I take on the best. Zab Judah, Molina, bring them all on, I want the best guys out there from 135 to 140.
“Bring ‘em to me! What more do I have to say, what more do I have to do? Molina told me he’d never fight me again, I beat him every round. If they want to fight again, bring it, I’m ready.”
Particularly satisfying to Lundy was the fact that he could turn around and avenge the loss that occurred to Molina so quickly. “We picked up right where we left off, right when I was kicking Molina’s butt. They said that was a knockout and I was going to be done. There’s a saying the old-timers say, ‘Don’t wake a sleeping giant,’ they done woke me up.”
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Nicholson Poulard (15-3 7KO) continued where his brother Jean Pascal left off, scoring an impressive TKO victory at 2:33 of the 3rd round over Alfredo Contreras (11-9-1) of Mexico. Poulard landed two monster right hands scoring a pair of knockdowns and ending the fight.
In a fight with more clenches than clean connects, welterweight Samuel Vargas escaped with a 39-37, 39-37 37-39 split decision over Michael Springer in an all Toronto match-up. Springer who falls even to 7-7-1 got off to a good start, able to land the right hand on a sluggish Vargas who remains undefeated at 5-0. As the fight progressed, Springer increasingly wider punches not only became easier for Vargas to avoid, but also left him off balance and stumbling.
Kevin Bizier moved to 12-0 as Leonardo Rojas did not answer the bell for the 4th round. Rojas who began his career as lightweight was fighting at close to ten pounds over his previous high at 156.5 pounds offered little in return before calling it quits in what was scheduled for eight rounds.
Ahmad Cheikho (3-2-2 2KO) managed to spoil the pro debut of Jonathan Leveille scoring a TKO victory at 2:30 of the first round. A left hand did the damage early for Cheikho who came out aggressive and didn’t let up. Not letting up cost the Lebanon born fighter a point on the first knockdown as he continued to throw as Leveille went down to his knees in his corner. Leveille went down a second time and referee Gerry Bolen wisely called this one off.
Patrick Tessier got a rare victory with a decision win over Francis Lafreniere in a rematch of their April contest that ended in a draw. All three scorecards read 39-37 for the super-middleweight who raises his record to 4-11-1 while Lafreniere who was effective to the body but didn’t deliver enough and may have deserved a better fate is still in search of his victory with a loss and a draw.