On the 2022 Pittsburgh Professional, reigning Olympia 212 champion Derek Lunsford confirmed as much as visitor pose alongside 2019 Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry, 2021 Arnold Basic Champion Nick Walker, and 2021 Olympia 4th place finisher Hunter Labrada. By the tip of that presentation, Lunsford had change into the subject of dialog as a result of he seemed like he may compete within the males’s open quickly. There had all the time been speak about him making the leap sometime. May it’s earlier than we predict?
Dennis James gathered a panel of bodybuilding greats to debate that very subject on a current episode of The Menace Podcast. Lee Priest, Chris Cormier, and Milos Sarcev all chimed in with their opinions.
“I feel that if Derek drops right down to 230 or 235, he’s deadly within the open,” James mentioned. Lunsford was reported to be within the neighborhood of 260 kilos on the visitor posing. “He would actually battle with all people – William (Bonac), Hadi (Choopan), Brandon (Curry), and whoever else is there for that title.”
Lunsford’s form is what caught out to Cormier, who knew a factor or two about symmetry,
“His taper is so good,” mentioned Cormier. “This man has that taper and that form, and so they noticed it from when he turned professional on the USA (in 2017). He might be among the best if he does all the things proper.”
Priest is aware of all too properly what it’s prefer to be a smaller man within the lineup, and he beat many larger athletes in his profession. He feels Lunsford ought to make the leap as a result of it might be a brand new problem for the Indiana native.
“He’s gained the 212, go into the open like all of us mentioned, he’ll be within the high. If he is available in conditioned with that measurement, we’ve seen Bonac stand up within the high,” he mentioned, evaluating Lunsford to the two-time Arnold Basic winner.
As for Sarcev, he made it unanimous by agreeing with the remainder of the old-school panel. Nevertheless, he identified that there’s one lacking element to the fantasy reserving of Lunsford within the Mr. Olympia combine,
“He isn’t certified,” he mentioned. That also means he must do a present earlier than.” Sarcev additionally mentioned that ought to Lunsford enter an open present, he would possible qualify for the Olympia anyway.
2020 Olympia 212 winner Shaun Clarida and fellow 212 competitor Angel Calderon are each certified for the Olympia open and 212. If Lunsford have been so as to add his identify to that checklist, the 2022 Olympia can be much more intriguing than it’s already.
Take a look at the complete episode of TMP to listen to the panel focus on extra about Lunsford, Nick Walker, and extra. All episodes air each week over on the Muscle & Health YouTube channel.