2007-03-23 / Sports

Plenty Of Boxing Options In Store For Team Duddy

By Elio Velez

By Elio Velez

In a case of sportsmanship, Anthony Bonsante lifts John Duddy in the air after the conclusion of their 10 round fight. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Irish Ropes.In a case of sportsmanship, Anthony Bonsante lifts John Duddy in the air after the conclusion of their 10 round fight. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Irish Ropes. So what is next for John Duddy after his commanding win over Anthony Bonsante at a festive Theatre at Madison Square Garden?

Duddy has proven to be an effective tool to sellout the Garden, which will please Cablevision management to no end.

With a proven home base at the Garden, Duddy's fanbase has also increased. His training at the former Irish Ropes gym in Arverne and his appearance as a Deputy Grand Marshall in the Rockaway St. Patrick's Day Parade in March of 2005 increased his fanbase here and throughout the city's various Irish communities.

The undefeated Duddy, who is 27 years old, has enough of a base and credentials early in his career that his St. Patrick's Day fight was shown on pay per view throughout the world and on the Internet.

Irish Ropes management team of promoter Eddie McLoughlin and manager Tony McLoughlin will have some offers to think about.

"He was brilliant. A great performance. Very relaxed. It was a very workmanlike type of a fight which is what we wanted after a tough fight last time," Irish Ropes promoter Eddie McLoughlin said.

A decision was not immediately announced on who will be Duddy's next opponent, but a couple of upcoming dates might pinpoint the time when their star fighter might next enter the ring.

The "Erin Go Brawl" undercard event might include one contender. Hard hitting middleweight Giovanni "El Chico Malo" Lorenzo, the former 2000 Olympian from the Domincan Republic who scored an impressive second round TKO over Robert "The Doctor" Kamya.

There were questions asked whether Lorezno, who improved to 23-0, might be a viable candidate for Duddy. McLoughlin said it was too early for his matchmaker Bob Duffy to talk about specifics but it is one option to consider in September.

McLoughlin said it was 50-50 that Duddy would be performing on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto- Zab Judah fight, which will take place on June 9 at the main Garden floor, one day before the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

What Duddy's appearance might do is get his fans to help sellout the Garden, which is expecting 14,000 out of a capacity of 19,000 to show for the Cotto- Judah welterweight title fight.

McLoughlin did also say that he might want to take Duddy on the road and show him more to a national audience. There are no guarantees in boxing but with his success at filling the Theatre, MSG officials might want him soon for at least another money-making enterprise.

"We have another option to come back here (The Theatre at the Garden) in the last week of May which is Memorial Day Weekend. We might comeback that Saturday, pending the availability of here," McLoughlin said.

"In New York, the people have come to see him here and they could do that every month. The people in New York have been great."

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