Rising Philadelphia lightweight Hank Lundy to fight Friday night in Atlantic City

Posted: July 27, 2012

Hank Lundy was 18 when he got into his first "real" fight. As he was walking out of school in South Philly, a fellow student bumped into him, throwing his shoulder into Lundy's chest before walking into the school.

So Lundy waited outside the schools doors for him to come back outside. The principal came out and told Lundy not to wait for the student. Lundy refused.

About 15 minutes later, the student returned. When he saw Lundy, he charged after him and delivered a kick to his shin. Lundy couldn't believe he had just been kicked. So he cocked his left hand and caught his opponent on the chin, sending him falling onto his back.

"Put him to sleep," Lundy said.

He left the student on the ground and took off for football practice. Twenty minutes into practice, someone approached the football coaching staff.

"There is someone knocked out in front of the school," he said.

Lundy heard him. He left football practice and ran straight home to his uncle.

The next week, Lundy began boxing training.

After a relatively brief career as an amateur, the 28-year-old Lundy has used that tenacity he showed on the school yard in the ring. He has racked up a 22-1-1 record as a professional and is the second-ranked lightweight boxer by the World Boxing Council.

At 10 p.m. Friday, Lundy will take on Raymundo Beltran (25-6) at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. ESPN2 will carry the 10-round bout live.

"All the work is done. I've trained like a warrior," Lundy said. "I've seen him fight a couple times. He's kind of slow - doesn't throw many punches. To a guy like me with quick hands, that plays to my advantage."

Here is the undercard: Richard Pierson vs. Farah Ennis, 10 rounds, super middleweights; Thomas LaManna vs. TBA, six rounds, junior middleweights; Joe Smith Jr. vs. TBA, six rounds, light heavyweights; Richie Andrews vs. Anthony Young, four rounds, welterweights; Korey Sloane vs. Josh Mercado, four rounds, junior welterweights; Stephen Tyner vs. Antowyan Aikens, four rounds, middleweights; Jose Rivera vs. Miguel Cartagena, six rounds, bantamweights; Kenneth Moody vs. Ismael Garcia, four rounds, middleweights

Contact Chad Graff at cgraff@philly.com or follow on Twitter @ChadGraff.


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