Duddy Hoists WBC Title At MSG
Over 5,000 screaming fans at a soldout Theatre at Madison Square Garden last Thursday rose to their feet as
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
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.
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.
"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.