2005-03-25 / Sports

Duddy Impressive in TV Win

By Elio Velez

Middleweight boxing contender John Duddy made the first big splash of his professional career last Friday night. In front of a live national audience on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights, he captured his ninth victory with a first round TKO of previously unbeaten Leonard Pierre at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The 25 year old (9-0, 9 KOs) from the Irish Ropes Boxing Club in Arverne blitzed Pierre with a series of hooks that caused two knockdowns. With Pierre showing no resistance to Duddy’s punches, the referee had no choice but to stop the contest at 1:23 of the first round.

“He stole the show. It was electrifying,” Duddy’s trainer and promoter Eddie McLoughlin said. This is the start of something big.”

The executives at ESPN were so impressed that they scheduled Duddy to fight in the main event on their live show on June 10. The fight will take place during the weekend of the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Canastota, New York. Famous boxers such as Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard may be on hand to watch Duddy.

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