Terence Crawford to defend against Hank Lundy on February 27

08/01/2016 08:17

WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) will defend his title against fellow American Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) on February 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The two-division world champion scored a 6th round knockout over Thomas Dulorme to claim the vacant WBO title in April and defended it in October when he stopped Dierry Jean in the 10th round in his last outing.

Crawford, 28, was in the running to fight Manny Pacquiao on April 9, but the Filipino fighter opted to face Timothy Bradley for the third time.

Top light welterweights - reigning WBC champion Viktor Postol, former WBO champion Ruslan Provodnikov and contenders Lucas Matthysse and Mauricio Herrera -  turned down the chance to fight Crawford for various reasons, so Lundy is the best guy promoters at Top Rank could get.

Lundy, 32, has lost two of his last three fights, but they were competitive. He lost a fifth round technical decision to Herrera in July in a fight cut short as Lundy was coming on strong when Herrera suffered a bad cut from an accidental head-butt. In his previous defeat, Lundy lost a hotly disputed split decision to Dulorme in December 2012.