2005-09-16 / Sports

Irish Ropes Tandem of Duddy, Moore Go To Boston

By Elio Velez


The next step in the rise to a championship for John Duddy will take him to Mansfield, Massachusetts. On Saturday, the Arverne Irish Ropes boxer will be joined by fellow middleweight James Moore as they are featured in the “Mayhem in Mansfield boxing card.

Duddy will take his impressive 11-0 record and 10 KO’s and be featured in the main event against Joe “ The Assassin” Brady (13-4-1, 6 KOs) in a eight round match.

James Moore, who won his professional debut at the Broadway Boxing card in Manhattan (2-0 1KO), will fight in the undercard against Hollister Elliott. Moore’s opponent has not had a stellar career with a record of 6-14. It will still be a tough fight because it is Moore’s first six round battle.

Brady is a former WBC Fecarbox light middleweight champion who brings considerable boxing experience that cannot be ignored according to Duddy.

“He’s a tall, strong boxer who has won a title. He’s fought 12 rounds before and he’s had more fights than me,” the Derry County, Ireland born fighter said. “I’ll have to be ready.”

If the 26 year old fighter wins, he will add to his impressive resume which has featured wins on ESPN Frioday Night Fights and at Madison Square Garden. The boxing world has taken notice with promoters Don King and Bob Arum salivating over signing the big time boxing prospect.

Duddy though has always reminded people that he cannot think ahead to possible future fame and fortune. For now he has turned down the advances of King and Arum to focus on the more pressing needs of the present, which is fighting Brady.

“I take boxing a step at a time and one fight at a time,” Duddy says.

The fight will be co-promoted by New England Ringside Promtions, Irish Ropes and Cedric Kushner Promotions. The promoters also hope that Duddy and Moore will bring in a sizable Irish contingent of fans to Mansfield, a suburb just outside of Boston.

There will also be a caravan of friends and family of both boxers that will travel from New York to the event. Duddy knows he will have the crowd on his side. It’s now up to him to display his numerous boxing skills and leave the building with a win.

“It’s great to be fighting with him (Moore),” Duddy says. “We’ll put on a great show and Irish Ropes (which include Tony and Eddie McLoughlin, Harry Keitt and Karle Leshore) will help to continue to put ourselves on the map.”

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