2005-06-17 / Sports

Duddy Rocks Thompson For MSG Victory

By Elio Velez


John Duddy (left) lands a punch on Patrick Thompson during their middleweight fight at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, June 12. Duddy would go on to win his tenth fight on an unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)John Duddy (left) lands a punch on Patrick Thompson during their middleweight fight at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, June 12. Duddy would go on to win his tenth fight on an unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) When junior middleweight boxer John Duddy appears at the Irish Ropes Boxing Club in Arverne to start training for his next fight, he should expect a huge welcome.

They will be congratulating him for a job well done.

The highly regarded prospect went the distance to defeat Patrick Thompson at Madison Square Garden last Saturday night. Duddy outpointed the Nebraskan born fighter by winning an eighth round unanimous decision and captured his tenth consecutive win (10-0, 9 KO’s).

It was the first time in his professional career that the Ireland born fighter won a fight without a knockout.

He stayed inside the middle of the ring and kept Thompson off balanced by using the jab. The three ringside judges scored the bout 80-72 in Duddy’s favor.

Duddy is a bit perturbed at the critics who believe the only way he can win is by knock out. The 25 year old wanted to silence his critics one day and feels that Madison Square Garden was the first step in doing so.

“I knew at one point it was going to be tough to knock him out. But I felt fantastic. It was great for me to go the distance. I got faster as I kept fighting,” Duddy said.

Duddy concentrated on sticking to his opponent and not let the big crowd and the bright lights ruin his focus.

“As soon as I hit the rung, I felt fine and focused. I was pleased with my performance, especially in the Garden,” Duddy says. “As soon as the bell rang, I took a deep breath, got my gloves off and I saw the fans cheer. I knew I won the fight.

A few days later, Duddy is finally reliving his experience of tasting the big time. But it won’t cause overconfidence. Starting this week, the strict daily training regiment will begin. Manager Eddie McLoughlin is seeking a fight sometime in mid July.

“The only way to get experience is to fight and get it under my belt.”

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