Career Progression on the Line
A loss for either Alex Martin or Henry Lundy would have a big impact on their future in the boxing game.
Lundy already has 10 losses on his record and Martin comes off a tough loss in a fight that would have seen him rise up the rankings.
Boxing odds have Martin at -900 as he’s the more progressive fighter. However, his lack of experience compared to Lundy could have an impact on the result.
Martin Needing Bounce Back
It wasn’t long ago when Martin thought he had a chance to face Ryan Garcia. However, a loss to Michael McKinson has tempered those expectations.
The American suffered three consecutive defeats earlier in his career before boxing trainer Joe Zagarino reached out to him.
“I saw Alex on YouTube and he fought Miguel Cruz and absolutely dominated him, but he lost,” Zagarino told BoxingScene. “It was an insane robbery. I said this kid is special, but super undersized for welterweight. I got a gut feeling about him. I’m gonna reach out and I’m gonna train him and bring him back.”
That confidence in Martin secured him a win against 21-0 Luis Ramos to win the WBC Continental Super Light title. That was his career-best performance, but now he needs to bounce back against sportsbook underdog Lundy.
He should favor his chances given he’s fighting someone with double-digit losses on his record. Martin’s problem has been focusing on boxing, so if his mind is on the job, he could justify the short odds with bookmakers.
Lundy Brings Experience
If there’s any upside for Lundy, it’s his 42-fight experience. The 38-year-old is a shadow of his former self, which was good enough to fight for the WBC International Super Light title against Viktor Pistol in 2013.
Coming off back-to-back losses to Jose Zepeda and Robbie Davis Jr., it appears as though Lundy is happy to collect his paycheck. However, we’d like to believe that’s not the case as his last loss came via a second-round knockout.
He got hit in the right-side of his head, sending him to the canvas, which is always worrying for an older fighter. Making matters worse, Lundy failed to make weight.
Boxing betting markets are trying to give him respect at +550, but bettors don’t know what fighter will turn up. Lundy knows he’s on his last legs, so does he have one more win in him before retirement looms?
“I fought Zepeda and I actually put him down,” Lundy said. “I believe that I beat him and they robbed me, took the fight from me, but I would like to fight Josh Taylor because I’m really the number one contender in the world and the world knows that.”
He’s certainly not the top contender, but all credit to Lundy for the confidence.
Martin vs Lundy Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting between Martin and Lundy.
Martin vs Lundy Fight Information
- Game: Martin (17-4) vs Lundy (31-10-1)
- Location: Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, Texas
- Day/Time: Saturday Aug. 6, 8 p.m. ET
- Martin vs Lundy Live Stream: Box Live
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|Alex Martin||-900||6½ -220o|
|Henry Lundy||+550||6½ +180u|
Martin vs Lundy Prediction
Bettors get -900 for Martin and that’s what we would lock in for moneyline markets. However, we’re looking for better value.
Betting online markets have Martin at +150 to win by knockout and that’s an attractive price. He hasn’t got an incredible knockout record, but Lundy is ripe for the taking.
Lundy was sent to the canvas in his last fight and Martin has something to prove, so lock in the excellent odds.