Under the watchful eye of the media capital of the world, Brooklyn, N.Y., the heart of the Big Apple, Philadelphia's "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy drew inspiration from his hometown as he offered one final warning Thursday to Thomas Dulorme in advance of their highly-anticipated junior welterweight bout Saturday at the Barclays Center.
"Guys like us, everything we had, we had to take it, and that's what I'm gonna do," said Lundy, standing alongside fellow Philadelphia fighters Bernard Hopkins and Gabriel Rosado, the latter who is also fighting Saturday on the televised portion of HBO's Boxing After Dark.
The outspoken slugger from the City of Brotherly Love, promoted exclusively by Jimmy Burchfield's CES Boxing, faces his toughest test to date against Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs), the reigning North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light welterweight champion who arrived in New York late Wednesday and promised to give Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs) a "rude awakening" in response to Lundy's recent claim that Dulorme is a "basic" fighter.
At Thursday's press conference, Lundy refused to back down, instead channeling inspiration from Hopkins, a seven-time world champion who earlier this year became the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title at the age of 49, and Rosado, who faces David Lemieux in Saturday's main event for the NABF middleweight title, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Eye of the Tiger Management.
The 10-round Lundy-Dulorme bout, which will air beginning at 10 p.m. ET on HBO, is presented in conjunction with Gary Shaw Productions and CES Boxing. Both Dulorme's title and the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) light welterweight championship are on the line.
"When you've got a guy like this coming from Philadelphia, all you can do is lead and try to mimic this man right here, and that's what 'Hammerin'' Hank is all about," Lundy said while pointing to Hopkins, a minority partner with Golden Boy Promotions. "Rosado? That's one of my favorite fighters. Hard work and dedication, just like myself. Nothing was given to him."
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