2006-03-24 / Sports

Duddy Hoists WBC Title At MSG

By Elio Velez

Over 5,000 screaming fans at a soldout Theatre at Madison Square Garden last Thursday rose to their feet as

James Moore stands on the corner ropes and raises his hand in victory to the adoring Madison Square Garden crowd. James Moore stands on the corner ropes and raises his hand in victory to the adoring Madison Square Garden crowd. the main event of the "Irish Express"

boxing card was about to take place. They put their hands together and

the applause was deafening in unison as middleweight John Duddy arrived to the ring for the main event. He

would soon reward their appreciation

with a show that would send the fans

home happy. In a flash of fists and fury, the Derry

County, Northern Ireland born middleweight

dazzled the pre-St. Patrick's

Day fans with a 90 second knockout

destruction of Shelby Pudwill. In what concluded a fantastic night for the Arverne based Irish Ropes

Promotion, the win not only increased

Duddy's record to an undefeated 16-0

record with 14 KOs, but he also captured

the WBC Continental Americas

Middleweight Championship. The spirit of the night, which was a

pro-Irish card and with lots of friends

Shelby Pudwill (left) tries to block the advancing punch from John Duddy. All photos By Pete Borriello. Shelby Pudwill (left) tries to block the advancing punch from John Duddy. All photos By Pete Borriello. and family in the crowd energized the

26 year old to perform according to Duddy. "I'm very fortunate. I'm from a great nation of Irish people and now I

because live in New York, they've

adopted me as like one of their own," Duddy said. From the start of the bell, Duddy's punching power would prove too much for Pudwill, who looked overmatched even if he was a competitive 21-2-1 record and unbeaten in his last nine fights.

Duddy quickly cut off the ring and landed a right jab which was followed a left hook that floored Prudwill for the first time in the fight at the 2:27 mark.

Pudwill barely had a chance to clear the cobwebs as Duddy kept on the offensive. Landing three short punches in succession to the body, it was a quick right hand which once again sent the North Dakota born fighter to the canvas for the second time.

With a sellout crowd rising to its feet, which included former middleweight champions Sugar Shane Mosley and Academy award nominee Liam Neeson, it took less than 10 seconds to end what would be the inevitable.

John Duddy wears the WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Title as trainer Harry Keitt (left) and Karl LeShore (second from left) are just a few of the members of Team Duddy who helped the train the new champion. John Duddy wears the WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Title as trainer Harry Keitt (left) and Karl LeShore (second from left) are just a few of the members of Team Duddy who helped the train the new champion. A wobbly Pudwill received a left hook followed by a quick right hook to the head put the fighter down for the third and final time at the 1:31 mark to end the fight.

After his victory, Duddy will be a popular man the next few months. Irish Ropes promoter Eddie McLoughlin says he will fight again on June 10 at the Garden in the undercard of the WBO Light Welterweight title fight between clash Miguel Cotto and Paul Malignaggi. not only be popular but also profitable and could invite him back in September to headline another card.

Duddy may be on the fast track to stardom, but he remains humble and proud to perform on the biggest stage in the world.

"To be honest I still have a long way to learn and I got a long way to go and I got people to do that. I got people who will help me work with me," Duddy said.

James Moore looks menancing as Jose Felix can't block the left hook from landing. James Moore looks menancing as Jose Felix can't block the left hook from landing. "There was no way that I ever believed in my wildest dreams that I would come to Madison square Garden tonight and the night before St. Patrick's Day that I would knock him down in the first round." Moore Dominates

In the undercard of the Irish Express Boxing Card, James Moore (4-0, 3 KOs) prevailed in a three round demolition over Jose Felix (9-3-2). Moore was in control throughout landing numerous combinations and effectively landed his left hook numerous times to Felix's jaw.

Moore scored two knockdowns in the second and a barely hanging on Felix was floored to the last time with a knockout to the jaw with 2:34 left in the third round. The Irish Ropes boxer will have his next fight will be at the Hammerstein Ballroom on April 20.

The fight between Matthew Macklin, Ireland's middleweight champions, and Chris Troupe was called off .

In an alleged dispute over weight, Troupe arrived before the fight at 162 pounds, which is two over the required weight of 160 pounds. Negotiations to resolve the matter could not be settled.

Maureen Shea lands a sweeping left hook to the cowering LeAnne Villereal in the second round. Maureen Shea lands a sweeping left hook to the cowering LeAnne Villereal in the second round. Maureen Shea, the junior lightweight boxer who trained Hillary Swank for her Academy award winning role in Million Dollar baby, was strong in a four round unanimous decision over LeAnne Villarreal.

Return to top


Email Us
Contact Us

Copyright 1999 - 2014 Wave Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved

Neighborhoods | History

 

 

Check Out News Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Riding the Wave with Mark Healey on BlogTalkRadio