|Boxing Results: Raymundo Beltran defeats Hank Lundy
By Media Report (July 28, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Beltran swipes NABF crown from top-ranked Lundy by majority decision on ESPN
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Upset-minded Raymundo Beltran won the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight title Friday night at Resorts Casino Hotel, beating top-ranked Hank Lundy by majority decision, 95-95, 96-94, 96-94, in the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
throughout the night, Beltran (26-6) gave Lundy (21-2-1) problems along
the ropes, limiting Lundy’s ability to utilize his jab by constantly
applying pressure. Though Lundy’s stiff, left jab helped keep the
Mexican challenger at bay, Beltran refused to back down, consistently
catching Lundy with hard rights and lefts while Lundy had his back
against the ropes.
Lundy, ranked No. 1
among lightweights in the World Boxing Council (WBC) entering the fight,
had his sights set on WBC title-holder Antonio DeMarco, who will defend his title against challenger John Molina in September, but the loss will likely cost Lundy his No. 1 ranking in the upcoming polls.
Friday’s main event
picked up in the third round when the two exchanged blows in the closing
seconds. Lundy got in the last shot, staggering Beltran with a hard
left hook. The two smiled at one another, tapped gloves and then
retreated to their respective corners at the end of the round. Lundy
kept working his jab in the latter half of the fight, arguably putting
together his best round in the seventh, but Beltran never quit and
escaped with the upset win.
The first half of ESPN’s doubleheader featured a super middleweight showdown between Philadelphia’s Farah Ennis (20-1) and Richard Pierson (11-3)
of Paterson, N.J. Working primarily on the outside, Ennis out-boxed
Pierson for 10 rounds, landing effectively to the body to score a 99-91,
98-92, 98-92 unanimous decision win.
Millville, N.J., middleweight Ismael Garcia (4-0, 1 KO) started the night with a bang, stopping Virginia Beach, Va., native Kenneth Moody (2-4-2)
at the 1:09 mark of the opening round. Garcia caught Moody with a solid
right hook, sending Moody retreating to the corner holding his right
eye. With his opponent’s back turned, Garcia landed two more hooks to
the body before the referee stopped the bout. Light welterweight Josh Mercado (6-1) of Cape May, N.J., put on a show in the second undercard bout, exchanging blows with Philadelphia’s Korey Sloane (2-5-1) over the course of four rounds to earn a 39-36, 39-37, 39-37 unanimous decision win.
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