2005-11-11 / Sports

Duddy Demolishes Mackie

By Elio Velez

John Duddy (left) lands a left to the head of Bryon Mackie. Photo By Pete Borriello.John Duddy (left) lands a left to the head of Bryon Mackie. Photo By Pete Borriello. The buzz has been building throughout the sold out Hammerstein Ballroom last Friday night. Middleweight boxing contender John Duddy was about to come out for the main event and the huge Irish crowd rose to their feet and applauded.

They wanted to see a great performance from their adopted hero and Duddy did not disappoint them. Canadian boxer Bryon Mackie, who came with 25 wins and 11 losses, was no match for Duddy’s power and tenacity.

Mackie was knocked down 4 times and the beating was too much as his corner threw in the towel end the fight in the fourth round on a TKO.

Duddy, who improved his record to 13-0 and 12 KOs, was originally billed as the co-main event billed “The Homecoming” along with heavyweight veteran Shannon Briggs. But Hurricane Wilma interrupted Briggs’ traninig and as he pulled out, Duddy stepped up to the forefront and got the capacity crowd buzzing.

Mackie was overwhelmed from the first round on by Duddy’s left jab, which set up his lighting fast combinations which could not be blocked. The first knockdown was set up by a left jab and quick right hook 22 seconds before the first round had ended. It was not going to be Mackie’s night but Duddy syas that he did not take him lightly at any point in the fight.

I’ve fought longer but he was very focused and durable,” Duddy said after the fight. “I couldn’t go in there and try to blow him out. He’s got a lot of experience with 25 victories which is 13 more than I got.”

Not at any point throughout the fight that Duddy let up from his onslaught of punches. He kept Mackie in the middle of the ring and cut off any movement that could disrupt his rhythm. In the second and third rounds, Duddy went to the body more. That opened up the opportunity to land uppercuts and one of those punches connected for another knockdown in the third round.

“In the second round, I hit him with a right hand to the body and I heard an urgghh,” Duddy explained of the sound he heard when Mackie was punched to the body. “And everytime I went to the body, it would hurt.”

For the most part, Mackie showed a lot of courage to get up from Duddy’s punishing blows. As Mackie kept rising up, Duddy did not deviate from the plan or get frustrated that he couldn’t finish off the former Canadian heavyweight champion. Patience is a virtue that Duddy has taken to heart in his amateur and now pro career.

“He caught me with a couple of good shots and I came in there swinging and hurt him when I did. I felt like I could get him down in the fourth,” Duddy said. “I never get frustrated. I took my time like the first three knockdowns I did. I’m getting patience and I’m punishing them and I’m pleased with my performance tonight.”

There should be new avenues opening up for the Derry County, Ireland born fighter early in 2006. There is talk that he will compete for the New York State Middleweight championship. Promoter Eddie McLoughlin from the Irish Ropes Boxing Club in Arverne says he is in negotiations to headline Duddy at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in mid-March.

Though future title fights seem to be destined for this budding star, Duddy says he remains humble and thankful for the chance just to fight. As he fights for glory, it can only open up more opportunities for any fighter from his homeland to be successful.

We’re looking to make an impact in this world. We’re Irish. We’re dreamers. John Duddy and Irish Ropes are looking to make things happen. We’re here for success. “

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