No one here will forget the impeccable war that 🇺🇸Jose “Chon” Zepeda (33-2-0, 26KO👊) survived, and triumphed in, when he was able to fold up 🇷🇺🇧🇾Ivan Baranchyk like a lawn chair, being relegated to the danger zone by Baranchyk, only to be fortunate enough to escape it with a monumental victory. The bout was easily recognized as 2020’s 🏆Fight of the Year – as it had historical implications, and it was awarded so by Ring Magazine, and multiple other publications.
Those type of bouts are burned, and etched into the memory of those who watch them, and memorable fights like that are a boxers best friend, especially those who weren’t shrouded with a large fanbase, or backing to begin with, such as was the case with Zepeda, who had to work the hard way to make his name known in the boxing pantheon.
Zepeda is looking to stay busy, and secured his spot on the Ramirez/Taylor undercard, and if triumphant on Saturday night, will have his eyes glued on the main event, as he plans to fight the winner next for a shot at Undisputed against either 🏴Josh Taylor, or a rematch with 🇺🇸Jose Ramirez. After all, he is the WBC mandatory, and technically has dibs over the others to get his opportunity first.
First things first though, and his opponent isn’t trying to hear all of that, and has plans to change his own fortune around. Thirty-seven year old 🇺🇸Hank Lundy (31-8-1, 14KO👊) has been a respectable journeyman throughout his 15 year career, and even when he’s overmatched, he always brings the effort, and makes his opponents work for it, which is truthfully why he keeps getting these type of assignments.
Lundy is known for having a day job doing 🚧👷🏿Construction work, to pair with his boxing career. His story interestingly enough sounds a lot like Light-Heavyweight 🇺🇸Joe Smith Jr. The difference between the two of course is that the underdog Smith rose up to win a title on his unexpected journey, while Lundy hasn’t been able to quite achieve the same success.
Considering Smith’s success, I’m sure it has inspired Lundy to dig deep to see what he can bring to the table. We will see, as he will be facing one of the five best in the world in the Junior-Welterweight class, and considering Zepeda was put down four times in his last fight, who knows what type of mental and physical condition he will be in – hey you never know.