he Ring Magazine’s No. 8 ranked Lightweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (22-1-1, 11 KOs) will meet Ray Beltran (25-6, 17 KOs) July 27 in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra. Friday’s show will air at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Atlantic City, N.J. The card is presented by CES Promotions.
Former Welterweight Champion Zab Judah, filling in for Teddy Atlas, will be ringside with Joe Tessitore for ESPN2 HD and ESPN3 at The Resorts Casino describing the action, while studio host Bernardo Osuna will present all the latest boxing news and highlights. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio.
The ESPN2 HD and ESPN3 telecasts will include segments with Atlas, and ESPN boxing analyst/former editor-in-chief of The Ring Magazine Nigel Collins, discussing the state of U.S. Olympic boxing.
Philadelphia’s Lundy has won his last four fights, including a March 10-round unanimous decision over Dannie Williams on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
After that fight, ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote: “Lundy and Williams talked a lot of trash heading into this intriguing Friday Night Fights main event – perhaps the best on paper so far this season – and it was Lundy who backed up his words. He has been a staple on Friday Night Fights in recent years and turned in one of his best performances. Lundy controlled the less-experienced Williams with a snappy jab and often followed it with a right hand. He did it over and over and it resulted in the clear victory in what was an entertaining fight.”
Mexico’s Beltran is trained by International Boxing Hall of Fame 2012 inductee Freddie Roach and 1992 U.S. Olympian Pepe Reilly.
“I think Hank Lundy is a real good fighter,” Beltran said. “I think it’s going to be the biggest fight of my career. I’ve seen him, he gets knocked down, the guy comes back to win. He’s a true fighter. I believe I have to win by knockout if I’m going to win. For a guy like me, there’s no decision.”
Friday’s co-feature will pit Super Middleweights Farah “Quiet Storm” Ennis (19-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia against Richard “T.P.” Pierson (11-2, 8 KOs) of New Jersey. Ennis is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Dion Savage, while Pierson won his last fight by a fourth-round TKO over Charles Hayward.
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