SALEM - "Hammerin" Hank Lundy out-hit and out-boxed WBC No. 3-rated junior welterweight Olusegun Ajose to pull off a major upset in the main event of ESPN's live "Friday Night Fights" by scoring a dominant 10-round decision in the sold-out Sports Club at Rockingham Park on Friday night.
Lundy, rated No. 5 by the WBC, came into the fight off two consecutive tough losses and needed to reverse his fortune against the bigger and more physical Olusegun, a former Nigerian Olympian and British and Commonwealth title holder. Lundy, starting off fighting southpaw, connected with a flurry of punches and took command of the fight right from the outset. As early the second round, he had Olusegun rocked back on his heels.
Ajose, who was just two fights removed from his world title bid and first professional loss, never seemed at his best. By the fifth round, Ajose's right eye was swelling shut and he showed other signs of the serious damage Lundy was inflicting as he was reeling against the ropes.
Ajose had some success in rounds eight and nine, but it was far too little and way too late as Lundy won every round on the scorecard. With the loss, Ajose's record dropped to 31-2 (14 KO's), while Lundy improved to 23-3-1 (11 KO's) to show that he belongs among the best in the loaded 140 lb. division.
"This is a big win for me. Big. I worked hard for this. I want the champ. I want the WBC title," Lundy said. "Before the fight, everybody counted me out. They hit me up all over the social media web sites, saying 'Hank is gonna lose. He's gonna get KO-ed'. But I came in here to show the world I'm a legitimate top five ranked fighter and I proved that to the world tonight."
In the co-feature bout, Ryan "The Polish Prince" Kielczweski celebrated his 24th birthday with a spectacular one-punch KO over Puerto Rican knockout artist Miguel "Mikito" Soto, who entered the ring at 11-0 with 11 KO's. For the icing on the cake, Kielczewski later got to see his triumph chosen No. 5 on ESPN's Sportscenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day.
"It absolutely is a great way to celebrate my birthday," the undefeated up-and-coming prospect said after taking the major step forward in his career and fighting on national TV for the first time.
Kielczweski, a former amateur standout, had been known more for being a highly skilled technical boxer than for his power as he had just three KO's in his 16 professional victories. But over the five rounds, he landed dominating punches and combinations as he systematically broke down Soto.
By round four Soto was absorbing so much damage that his eye had started to become grotesque. Kielczweski continued to pound away with both hands, and even winked to his legion of supporters in the raucous crowd when he returned to his corner after the bell.
Just as the 10-second bell sounded in the fifth round, Kielczweski sent Soto crashing down to the canvas face first with a monstrous left hook. The referee didn't even bother to count and immediately waved off the bout.
"I was definitely in control the whole fight," he said. "In the last round, I hurt him with my left hand over his eye. I was setting up a right uppercut to the body and then I said I'm going to go over the top. He fell for it. His left his chin open and I came right up the middle with it."
The official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of round five. With the win, Kielczweski improved to 17-0 (4 KO's) and continued his rise in the super featherweight division.
Main Event: 10 Rounds Junior Welterweight: Hank Lundy (23-3-1), Philadelphia, PA def. Ajose Olusegun, Lagos, Nigeria (31-2) by unanimous decision
Co-main event: 8 Rounds Junior Lightweights: Ryan Kielczewski (17-0), Quincy, MA def. Miguel Soto 11-1,) Arecibo, Puerto Rico by KO 2:59 Round 5
6 Rounds Heavyweight: Daniel Martz (9-1), Clarksburg, WVA def. Jonathan Hamm (7-2), Atlanta, GA by majority decision
6 Rounds Junior Middleweight: Chris Gilbert (9-0), Windsor, VT def. Luis Viramontes (3-3-1), Brockton, MA by TKO Round 3 (could not answer the bell referee stoppage)
6 Rounds Heavyweight: Alexis Santos (10-0), Lawrence, MA def. Marlon Hayes (23-12, Newark, NJ) Round 4 1:14 by TKO
6 rounds Heavyweight: Charles Martin (9-0-1), St. Louius, MO def. Aaron Kinch (5-2-1), Newark, NJ by Round 4 2:55 by TKO
4 Rounds Middleweights: Gerald Schifone (1-0), Brockton, MA def. Noel Garcia (2-19), Springfield, MA by unanimous decision
6 rounds Middleweights: Russell Lamour (4-0), Portland, ME def. Aguilano Brandao, Worcester, MA by TKO Round 1 1:46.