Sources have confirmed that the fight between Dierry Jean (27-1, 19 KOs) of Montreal vs. Philadelphia’s Henry “Hank” Lundy (25-4, 12 KOs) is off for 14 March.
The fight would have been on the undercard of Kovalev-Pascal clash from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, which also features a heavyweight battle between Steve Cunningham and Vyacheslav Glazkov.
On 14 February, Lundy says he received a call saying the fight was off between him and Jean with no explanation as to why, but learning later that Jean and camp decided to fight someone else.
Understandably, Lundy was furious. Trying to recover from a close split decision loss against Thomas Dulorme this past December, Lundy was training arduously to get back to his winning ways.
On 16 February, in an exclusive interview with Tha Boxing Voice’s Ryan O’Hara, Lundy vented his frustrations.
“I am just really mad and upset,” said Lundy. “I trained so hard and they back out and decide to fight someone else three weeks before the fight? Man, that’s an (expletive) move right there,” he added.
“I will continue to train and stay in shape, but I am not sure what I am going to do yet,” he explained.
During the interview, I attempted to get a hold of Dierry Jean’s PR, and it was successful, receiving the following email.
“Hi Mr O’Hara, There will be a press conference tomorrow at 11AM-ET. We will send you a press release around that time.Thank you. Best, Virginie Assaly.”
Victor Salazar Jr., of Tha Boxing Voice, spoke directly to Dierry Jean.
Jean told his side of the story, stating that Lundy did not want to fight. However, that contradicts information coming from Lundy’s end.
“That is bull****,” stated Lundy. “James Prince called me and got the news from my promoter.”
“Do you really think I would turn down $45,000 and the NABF title against someone that can’t fight? ” he added.
Stay tuned for more updates.