LUNDY WINS PHILLY HOMECOMING AT 2300 ARENA
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The homecoming delivered on the hype.
Hank Lundy made his first start in Philadelphia in nearly eight years one to remember Friday night. Lundy’s fifth-round flurry finished Daniel Evangelista and sent home happy the near-capacity crowd at 2300 Arena.
Evangelista (19-8-2, 15 K0s), who filled in when original opponent Ricardo Lara had visa troubles, made the South Philadelphia fighter work for a time in his return to lightweight. Lundy landed a headshot in the third round that reverberated through the arena. But Evangelista, of Mexico City, rebounded and connected with his best shot in the fourth.
The two traded fairly evenly in the fifth until Lundy corralled Evangelista in his corner and pummeled him until he slumped to the canvas. The referee stopped the contest 2:53 into the round.
Lundy (28-6-1, 14 K0s) has won two-straight since a setback against Terence Crawford for the WBO junior welterweight championship in 2016. Lundy plans to stay at 135 pounds and chase a title in that division.
In the semifinal, hard-knocking junior middleweight Isaiah Wise dominated in the first six-round fight of his career to defeat Mark Daniels, Jr. by unanimous decision. Wise, of Strawberry Mansion, took the contest 59-55 on two cards. The other judge scored it 60-54.
Wise (5-1, 3 K0s), who has had all of his career fights in this ring, established the tone early with heavy body shots and survived a cut that opened up in the late rounds to fend off Daniels (3-1, 1 K0) of Crandon, WI.
Germantown’s Jaron Ennis looked impressive in running his record to 12-0 and scoring his 11th K0. Ennis dropped Wilfredo Acuna of Nicaragua early in the first round with a right to the chin. Acuna was able to continue, but not for long. As soon as the fight resumed, Ennis threw a right to the body that felled Alcuna for good 1:23 into their welterweight bout.
Another area prospect, North Philly’s Crystian Peguero, also picked up a victory. Peguero (2-0, 1 K0) earned a unanimous decision over a game Saquan Felton (0-2) of Rochester, NY. Two judges saw it 40-36, and the other scored it 39-37.
There was an upset on the undercard, as Dion Richardson of Newark, NJ spoiled the unbeaten record of local favorite Scott Kelleher of Rockledge, PA. Richardson (2-1, 2 K0s) dropped Kelleher (5-1, 3 K0s) three times in the first round, ending the junior welterweight bout in 2:19.
The card was promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., CES Boxing, BAM Boxing, Raging Babe and Joe Hand Promotions.
Lightweights: Hank Lundy def. Daniel Evangelista, K0 5 (2:53)
Junior middleweights: Isaiah Wise def. Mark Daniels, Jr., UD 6, 59-55, 59-55, 60-54
Cruiserweights: Alvin Varmall (11-0-1, 9 K0s) def. Juan Reyna (6-7-1, 2 K0s), K0 1 (2:10)
Welterweights: Jaron Ennis def. Wilfredo Acuna (17-21, 13 K0s), K0 (1:23)
Junior welterweights: Dion Richardson def. Scott Kelleher, K0 1 (2:19)
Featherweights: Crystian Peguero def. Saquan Felton, UD, 40-36, 40-36, 39-37
Lightweights: Marko Bailey (5-0, 3 K0s) def. Vinnie Denierio (1-2, 1 K0), MD 4, 39-37, 38-38, 38-38
Welterweights: Marcel Rivers (2-0, 1 K0) def. Jamaal Gregory (1-1, 1 K0), UD 4, 39-36, 39-36, 39-36
Junior middleweights: Tyree Crowder (0-0-1) draw Ishmael Altman (0-0-1), 38-38, 38-38, 38-38