Hank Lundy Scores Lop-sided Unanimous Decision over Dannie Williams in the Connecticut Woods
By Alex Pierpaoli
originally published 3/31/12 on BillyCBoxing.com
Hammerin’ Hank Lundy got up from a first round flash knockdown to score a one-sided, ten round unanimous decision victory over hard-hitting Dannie Williams at the MGM Arena at Foxwoods casino in the Main Event of an ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card, last night. Despite the edge in punching-power, Williams was rarely able to land more than one-punch at a time on the quicker and more skilled southpaw, Hank Lundy. Not one to sit on a lead, Lundy blasted away at Williams in the final frame of the bout, despite knowing he had to be up on points. Lundy stunned Williams and had him wobbling in the fight’s final seconds to the delight of the Foxwoods crowd.
In the co-featured attraction, New Haven CT’s Elvin Ayala returned from an eight month layoff to defeat late-replacement opponent, Eric Mitchell, also by unanimous decision after 8 rounds. Originally scheduled to meet southpaw, Hector Camacho Jr, Ayala instead fought Mitchell on just 2 days notice when Camacho pulled out with a hand injury. Ayala blamed the switch in opponents for looking a little sloppy at times against Mitchell after spending two months in camp prepping for a different foe.
In the first bout of the night, light heavyweights Nick Lavin and Paul Gonsalves slugged it out in a four rounder to heat things up for the assembled. Gonsalves, of Harwich, MA, landed heavier blows to the mid-section of Lavin, Shelton, CT, from the opening bell. By the middle of round four Gonsalves had Lavin up against the ropes and swallowing heavy blows when the referee intervened, stopping the action at 2:07 of round 4. With the TKO win Gonsalves improved to 3-2(3) while Lavin fell to 2-3(2).
Light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. of Long Island, NY, got the better of Dennis Ogboo, a Nigerian from Lexington, KY, despite nearly losing his trunks in round one. With his trunks back in position in the second, Smith Jr opened up with both hands while Ogboo was along the ropes prompting the Nigerian’s corner to throw in the white towel. The end came at 2:06 of the round and Ogboo fell to 6-6(4) while Smith improved to 8-1(8).
In the only female fight on the card, Providence, RI’s Shelito Vincent improved to 2-0 over featherweight Karen Dulin. Vincent, a crowd favorite, used good bodywork and well-applied pressure to secure the unanimous decision victory by three scores of 40-36. Karen Dulin looks to regroup after the loss which puts her professional ledger at 2-11(1).
Just after ESPN2 went off-air, welterweight Christian Lao scored a fourth round TKO over Thomas Miller to improve to 4-1(2) while Miller suffered his first defeat, falling to 2-1(1).
The walk-out bout was a messy, grappling but competitive skirmish between Adrian Perez and previously undefeated Frank Trader. Perez who pressured the back-pedaling Trader over six rounds came away with a close unanimous decision win by scores of 58-57 twice and one score of 59-57. Perez improved to 8-4-1(1) and Trader fell to 8-1(2).
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