Robbie Davies eliminates Hank Lundy in two rounds



Robbie Davies Jr brought his career to life by stopping Henry “Hank” Lundy in the second round at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on Bill Benn-Algieri.

Davies’ career has often been a step forward, a step back, but it was a great night as he landed a huge right in the first one that Lundy never recovered from.

After a sloppy opening, which saw both of them cautioned for a punch to the back of the head, Lundy was badly shaken by a huge right hand as he rushed towards the end of the first round, resulting in turned Lundy’s legs into jelly. Somehow he stayed on his feet until the end of the round, but the end was not long in coming.

Lundy, 37, didn’t look good at the start of the second round, and while Davies, 35, took his time, when he pitched he didn’t miss. After a decent left landed, a body blow again wobbled Lundy and he followed him with a right wand that knocked Lundy back throwing the ropes and onto the ring apron. The American fell back, but referee Marcus McDonnell waved him at 1:23 as he had just beaten the count.

“It’s very satisfying, Hank has been with a lot of big names,” Davies said. “I don’t think this is the best version of Hank Lundy but I don’t think anyone has done this to him recently.

“I got a little gung-ho in the first round, I caught him with a shot that I didn’t know had hurt him until he made him wobble. Literally the Shane shot [McGuigan, his trainer] Told me to throw was the one who stopped him.

“I’ve had two consecutive knockouts and if Shane says so I’m ready to play with some big names.”

Joe Cordina looks like he needs a chance to test himself at the highest level after getting frustrated on his way to claiming a ten-round decision against Miko Khatchatryan on the Benn-Algieri bill at Liverpool.

At times Cordina, the former British and Commonwealth super-featherweight champion, looked great as he pushed his Belgian opponent back and landed clean combinations.

But at other times he let the fight drift away and seemed to be disheartened by his inability to get Khatchatryan out of there.

The Welshman appeared to have put all of his injury issues behind him when he blew Joshuah Hernandez in one round in August and for five rounds he played the part, knocking down Khatchatryan and creating openings to land big rights .

The longer the action lasted, however, the more Khatchatryan got into the game. He landed well on the ropes in the sixth and, as the Belgian was injured by a bullet in the body in the seventh, he knocked out Cordina in one. or the other.

Still Cordina finished well and while Pawel Kardyni’s 100-90 score seems a bit generous, the 98-92 score given by John Latham and Jean-Robert Layne looked about right. Cordina won a “continental” WBA title for what it’s worth (he’s No. 12 in the WBA rankings), as he extended his unbeaten record to 14 fights.

Peter McGrail had way too much of everything Engel Gomez, who was parted and then stopped with impressive style in the second round. McGrail, who moved up to 2-0, set a quick pace, used the jab well and caught Nicaragua net pretty much every time he threw a left-hander on the left.

A series of hard lefts staggered Gomez in the second round and he dropped Gomez flat on his back with an overhand left, referee Bob Williams stopping the fight at 2:18 without counting.

Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was a boxing correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001 to 2019 – covering four Olympics and numerous world title fights around the world. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications around the world since the 1980s.


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