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Duddy-Puddy Smackdown at MSG



NEW YORK – The Duddy-and-Puddy show itself lasted just 1:31, and most of that minute and a half was consumed by the time it took Shelby Pudwill to repeatedly hoist himself up off the floor.

Much to the delight of a loud, raucous, and overwhelmingly Irish crowd, Ireland’s John Duddy made short work of the visitor from North Dakota at the sold-out Madison Square Garden Theatre Thursday night, finishing off his opponent before the stroke of midnight officially signaled the advent of St. Patrick’s Day.

And give this to Irish Ropes: These guys sure know how to throw a party. After hooking on with other promoters for Duddy’s first 15 fights, they embarked on their own maiden promotional voyage for his 16th, and the result was what rival promoter Lou DiBella enviously estimated to have been “the biggest-grossing club-fight show in New York boxing history.”

Duddy came away with rave reviews after his stunning, three-knockdown kayo of Pudwill, who had come to New York with a 21-2-1 record and left it an embarrassed young man.

Not thirty seconds into the bout, Duddy caught Pudwill with a solid left hook to the temple, whose effect was multiplied by the fact that he was moving forward when he threw it. Duddy kept moving and walked right over his fallen foe. It was as if he had hit him and then used him for a doormat.

“He done well to get up from that one,” recalled the middleweight from Derry. “I could see when he did get up that his legs weren’t too good, so I just let my punches go.”

In short order Pudwill was down again, but after referee Wayne Kelly administered the mandatory 8-count and allowed him to continue, Duddy smashed him with a right that thudded off the side of his head, and Kelly stopped the fight before even Pudwill hit the canvas.

The abrupt conclusion set off a wild celebration among the audience, but the ease with which he handled his opponent appeared to surprise even the protagonist himself.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I was going to walk into Madison Square Garden and knock out a guy with 21 wins in the first round,” said Duddy.

In this case, it turned out, Pudwill couldn’t. The visitor, somewhat overmatched to begin with, could have been forgiven if he was intimidated as early as the introduction, when the audience drowned out the ring announcer with an ungodly din reminiscent of the heyday of Barry McGuigan fighting in Belfast.

His last outing, a lopsided decision over Haiti’s Julio Jean in Boston, had left some skeptics wondering if Duddy didn’t get hit too much for his own good. That wasn’t a problem on this night. Pudwill never laid a glove on him.

The announced attendance was 5,038, capacity in the Garden Theatre, and that count was probably modest. Duddy was preceded into the ring by a pipe band from Donegal. The Sam McGuire Cup – Ireland’s version of the Vince Lombardi Trophy – was even paraded into the ring by its current custodians from Tyrone. And, in lieu of scantily-clad round-card girls, Irish Ropes saw to it that that duty was performed by step-dancers in native costume.

Pudwill became the 14th of Duddy’s 16 victims to have been prematurely dispatched, and the ninth who failed to survive the first round. The Irishman won something called the WBC Continental Americas middleweight championship for his brief night’s work, and while the title itself might be insignificant, it is likely to leapfrog him several places in the world ratings.

Not everyone appears to be convinced that necessarily a beneficial career move.

“No question he can punch, and he’s a great prospect,” opined DiBella. “But I’m not sure he’s a top ten middleweight right now. That’s a problem: They (Irish Ropes) are moving him too quickly without really testing him against better opposition.

“If Duddy fought Jermain (Taylor) right now, it’s a one-round fight,” said DiBella, who happens to be the world champion’s promoter. “But I’ll say this: he’s the greatest ticket-seller I’ve ever seen.”

There were seven undefeated boxers in the seven bouts on Thursday night’s ‘Irish Express’ card, and unsurprisingly, all seven of them were still unbeaten at night’s end.

Duddy stablemate and frequent sparring partner, Arklow middleweight James Moore, ran his record to 5-0 with a third-round TKO of Jose Felix. Moore put Felix (9-3-2) on the deck twice in the second, both times with body shots, and when he felled him again with a hard left to the body 26 seconds into the third, referee Steve Smoger waved it off without a count.
The third native-born Irishman on the card, Ennis heavyweight James Clancy, won a unanimous decision over the corpulent Mitch Rose (2-10-1). Clancy scored a shutout on the cards of Melvina Lathan and Matt Ruggerio (40-36), while Frank Lombardi gave the onetime Butterbean conqueror a round in scoring it 39-37.
Bronx lightweight Maureen Shea (5-0) rode a blistering body attack to a one-sided (40-36 on all three cards) victory over New Mexican LeAnne Villarreal (1-6-1) in their four-round prelim. Once she took her attack to the body in the third, Shea landed 95 punches in that two-minute stanza and another 86 in the fourth.
While extended the distance for just the second time in his career, New York super-middleweight Joe Greene (9-0) won a comfortable decision over Brian Norman (7-4) of St. Louis. There were no knockdowns, but Greene, a Don Turner-trained southpaw, wobbled Norman late in the fifth and then dominated the sixth (a round in which he landed 30 of the 59 punches he threw) to win going away by scores of 59-54 (Lathan), 59-55 (Ruggerio), and 58-56 (John McCaye)

Another New York super-middle, Peter (Kid Chocolate) Quillin, knocked Willie Cruz down twice on the way to his second-round TKO, but the knockdown total could easily have been double that.
Quillin (3-0) used Cruz for a speed bag early on, putting him down less than half a minute into the fight with a fusillade of punches. Cruz (3-6) survived another barrage only because he was held up by the ring ropes, and the corner pad was all that thwarted what could have been a third trip to the canvas.
Quillin dropped his foe again early in the second with a hard left hook. When he jumped right back on him again following the mandatory eight-count, referee Benji Estevez intervened to stop it 49 seconds into the round. Quillin celebrated by tossing foil-wrapped bits of chocolate to the crowd, the denizens of press row, and even to television broadcasters Sean O’Grady and Micky Ward.
In the curtain-raiser, Brooklyn welterweight Martin Wright successfully debuted, stopping Joe Davis (1-3) of Augusta, Ga. via a first-round TKO.

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MARCH 16, 2006
MIDDLEWEIGHTS: John Duddy, 160, Derry, Northern Ireland KO’d Shelby Pudwill, 158½, Mandan, ND (1) (Wins vacant WBC Continental Americas title)

James Moore, 157, Arklow, Ireland TKO’d Jose Felix, 154, Savannah, Ga. (3)

HEAVYWEIGHTS: James Clancy, 249, Ennis, Ireland dec. Mitchell Rose, 269, Brooklyn, NY (4)

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS: Joe Greene, 162½, New York dec. Brian Norman, 167½, St. Louis, Mo. (6)

Peter Quillin, 162½, New York TKO’d Willie Cruz, 163, Fajardo, PR (2)

WELTERWEIGHTS: Martin Wright, 148, Brooklyn, NY TKO’d Joseph Davis, 144, Augusta, Ga. (1)

LIGHTWEIGHTS: Maureen Shea, 131, Bronx, NY dec. LeAnne Villareal, 131, Albuquerque, NM (4)

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Peter/Toney Ii: Peter Has The Brutal Punch



Samuel Peter claims he has dynamites in my two hands?

Heavyweight contenders Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter and James Lights Out? Toney get it on a second time this Saturday from the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla. (Showtime).

The hard-slugging Peter, unlike Toney, is one of those strong, silent types notorious for letting their fists to the talking one the opening bell sounds, but the Nigeria Nightmare is as confident as ever and determined to turn Lights Out’s lights out for good.

I have got dynamites in my two hands,? said Peter, according the Lagos, Nigeria Vanguard, and I will crush James Toney once and for all. The Toney camp made the mistake of their lives by protesting and seeking a rematch. I am ready to teach him a bitter lesson.?

Sam Peter walked away with the W for Peter/Toney I at the Staples Center in LA last September, but it was by disputed split decision a verdict so disputed, there was even a dispute about the dispute which forced the WBC’s hand into mandating Saturday’s rematch.

Samuel Peter is the biggest thing to hit African boxing since Ghanaian superstar Azumah Nelson rocked the feather and junior welterweight divisions. The President of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control, Prince Olaide Adeboye, admitted, according to, We are rooting for Samuel Peter, of course. He is one boy we believe in to bring back the country’s lost glory in professional boxing. I am personally making arrangement to be at the ringside to see him fight Toney again. I was at the first fight in Los Angeles in September.

Peter has the brutal punch, and to me he was the clear winner of the first fight. But the WBC Board of Governors, of which I am a member, voted 21-10 for a rematch. There was nothing those of us Africans on the board could do in the circumstances. But I believe Peter will confirm he is better than Toney and will then go ahead to meet the champion and claim the belt for Nigeria and Africa.?

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The Sweet Science P4P Rankings for Asia



There are claims that boxing is dying. Hogwash. The heavyweight division isn’t the only division in boxing and 2007 promises to be a banner year in boxing; especially for boxers hailing from Asia.

While Asia isn’t Vegas or Atlantic City, it is a region packed of diamonds in the rough; undiscovered gems and potential superstars who wait for their moment in the sun.

The Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Asia

1) Manny Pacquiao – There’s no way to dispute Pacquiao is the best fighter in Asia, if not all of boxing. He’s exciting, he wins with Je Ne Sais Quois and is definitely “the man” in boxing.

2) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam – Although his competition leaves much to be desired, his longevity and skills are undeniable. He is currently Thailand’s only world champion and is undefeated in ten years. Need I say more?

3) Chris John – A victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, however controversial, shows he belongs at the top of the heap. He easily outpointed Renan Acosta to close out 2006 and should have no trouble defending against Jose Rojas in February. A fight with Pacquiao would not be a good move on his part but a rematch with Marquez would not hurt – especially if he defeats the Mexican again.

4) Hozumi Hasegawa – Hidden away in Japan, Hasegawa is a sharp punching southpaw who put former champion Veeraphol Sahaprom to sleep. He recently bested Genaro Garcia and his herky-jerky style will give fits to any one who steps in the ring with him.

5) Masomori Tokuyama – Tokuyama has never shied away from a good fight and although he only fought once in 2006 (UD12 Jose Navarro), he ledger shows wins over Katsushige Kawashima (twice), Gerry Penalosa (twice) and In Jin Chi (twice). A fight with Hozumi Hasegawa is a distinct possibility in 2007.

6) Nobuo Nashiro – With only seven fights under his belt he took on WBA champion Martin Castillo – and defeated him. Although he’s only fought a total of nine fights, nearly all have been against quality opposition. A victory in a rematch with Castillo would cement his claim as the king of the 115-pound division.

7) Yukata Niida – This light-hitting minimumweight defended his title twice in 2006, winning a technical decision against unbeaten Eriberto Gejon (Tech Win 10) and the other on points over Ronald Barrera (W 12). Scheduled to meet Katsunari Takayama early next year – the best has yet to come for this WBA belt holder.

8) In Jin Chi – Won back the title he lost to Takashi Koshimoto in January from Rudolfo Lopez. While there’s little uncertainty to his skills, at thirty-three, 2007 may provide some insight as to just how much he has left.

9) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai –Sor Nonthachai is an exciting, top-shelf fighter with an iron chin. Has no trouble making mincemeat of mid-level opposition and deserves a title shot in 2007. Time is running out.

10) Rey Bautista – He’s young, relatively inexperienced in big-time boxing, but will continue to shine in 2007. One of the better prospects in boxing, he should snag a title in 2007.

Asian Fighters Ranked in Ring Magazine

Pound for Pound:

Manny Pacquiao (Philippines): #2

Jr. Lightweight

Manny Pacquiao (Philippines): #1
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai: #9


Chris John (Indonesia) #1
In Jin Chi (Korea) #3
Takashi Koshimoto (Japan) #5
Hioyuki Enoki (Japan) #7

Jr. Featherweight

Somsak Sithchatchawal (Thailand) #4


Hozumi Hasegawa (Japan) #2
Veeraphol Sahaprom (Japan) #3
Ratanachai Sor Vorapin (Thailand) #6
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (Thailand) #10

Jr. Bantamweight

Nobuo Nashiro (Japan) #1
Katsushige Kawashima (Japan) #7
Pramuansak Phosuwan (Thailand) #10


Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (Thailand) #1
Takefumi Sakata (Japan) #7
Daisuke Naito (Japan) #10

Jr. Flyweight

Koki Kameda (Japan) #1


Yukata Naiida (Japan) #2
Eagle Kyowa (Japan/Thai) #4
Katsunari Takayama (Japan) #5
Rodel Mayol (Philippines) #7

Boxing in Thailand

There’s no shortage of boxers in Thailand. With a huge pool of Muay Thai fighters to draw from and several talented amateur boxing prospects turning pro after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Thailand seems destined to remain a boxing powerhouse in Asia.

The country is known for having tough, determined and disciplined fighters who give their all whenever the step in to the ring. However, consistently losing while fighting abroad and padding their records with no-hopers has done nothing to enhance their reputation.

Whether because of a lack of marketability, a lack of funds or their unwillingness to travel abroad, the vast majority of boxers from Thailand remain a mystery to fans in the west. If anything though, the boxing scene involving Thai fighters will be active. In fact, it’s one of the most active in the world; since 2000, the number of fights has nearly doubled in the country.

The Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Thailand – August 2006

1) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
2) Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym
3) Somsak Sithchatchawal
4) Wandee Singwancha
5) Sirimongkol Singwancha
6) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai
7) Veeraphol Sahaprom
8) Pramuansak Phosuwan
9) Terdsak Jandaeng
10) Oleydong Sithamerchai

Current Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Thailand

1) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (Flyweight) – Definitely the top dog in Thailand

2) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai (Super Lightweight) – He’s a seasoned fighter who has proven himself in the big-time. He’s one Thai who can fight outside of Asia. He has an abundance of skills and one-punch power. His overall ability and ease in dispatching anyone other than championship caliber get him the runners-up spot.

3) Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (Super Bantamweight) – After losing to Vladimir Sidorenko he’s bounced back. He’s young, he can punch, but the former interim champion needs to prove himself against a name fighter.

4) Somsak Sithchatchawal (Super Bantamweight) – Was his win over Monshipour a fluke or was Celestino Caballero just that good? Did Sithchatchawal catch Monshipour at the right time and can he rebound from the devastating loss? The jury is still out.

5) Wandee Singwancha (Flyweight) – He doesn’t have much of a punch which will be his downfall in the end. He can box, as was evidenced in his recent victory over Juanito Rubillar, but this won’t be enough. He can no longer make the Jr. Flyweight limit and with no punch he’ll have a hard time competing against the “big boys.” Although he’s now rated second by the WBC, he doesn’t deserve to be.

5) Sirimongkol Singwancha (Super Lightweight) – Get this guy a fight. He’s better than Jose Armando Santa Cruz and would have beat up Inada had the fight taken place. He’ll fight anyone but his biggest obstacle is staying motivated fighting tomato cans in Thailand. Like many Thais, he needs a fight against a name opponent.
6) Wandee Singwancha (Flyweight) – He doesn’t have much of a punch which will be his downfall in the end. He can box, as was evidenced in his recent victory over Juanito Rubillar, but this won’t be enough. He can no longer make the Jr. Flyweight limit and with no punch he’ll have a hard time competing against the “big boys.” Although he’s now rated second by the WBC, he doesn’t deserve to be.

7) Pramuansak Phosuwan (Super Flyweight) – A genuine tough guy. Always calm and focused no matter how heated the battle. But at thirty-eight, he’ll be in trouble should he fight one of the division’s elite.
8) Veeraphol Sahaprom (Bantamweight) – Will be lucky to get another crack at the title. Although he has a puncher’s chance of winning a belt, that’s about all he has left at this point. A third shot at Hasegawa is unlikely.

9) Oleydong Sithamerchai (Minimumweight) – He’s fought better than the usual opponents faced by Thais at his level and he moves up one spot with the departure of Terdsak Jandaeng. He lacks the punch and is in the wrong division to become a superstar. He’ll need to defeat a name opponent to convince me.

10) Saenghiran Lookbanyai / Napapol Kittisakchokchai (Super Bantamweight) – These two square-off in early March, supposedly to see who deserves a shot at Israel Vasquez. Kittisakchokchai has the edge in experience but some feel Lookbanyai has the edge in heart and is the favorite.

Neither has defeated a top twenty fighter and yet are ranked number one and two respectively in the WBC’s world.

In Kittisakchokchoi’s lone shot at the big-time, he was TKO’d in 10 by Oscar Larios. His dreadful performance against Larios and lack of quality opposition leads me to believe Saenghiran might have more of a shot at beating him than some suspect. Regardless, neither of them lasts longer than six rounds with Israel Vasquez.

Honorable Mention: Wethya Sakmuangklang, Denkaosan Kaovichit, Devid Lookmahanak, Nethra Sasiprapa, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym

Thai Fighters Ranked in Ring Magazine

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam: #1 Flyweight
Pramuansak Phosuwan: #10 Jr. Bantamweight
Veeraphol Sahaprom: #3 Bantamweight
Ratanachai Sor Vorapin: #6 Bantamweight
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym: #10 Bantamweight
Somsak Sithchatchawal: #3 Jr. Featherweight
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai: #9 Lightweight

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Iceman Stops Tito Ortiz Win Streak



LAS VEGAS—UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “Iceman” Liddell’s fists proved too much for Huntington Beach’s Tito Ortiz who was stopped in the third round before a sold out crowd at the MGM Garden Arena on Saturday.

The punching machine Liddell (20-3, 13 KOs) repeated his victory in UFC 66 over the much-improved grappler Ortiz who has improved his punching and blocking. Ortiz was trying to avenge his loss of April 2004.

Despite all the new weapons displayed by Ortiz it wasn’t enough as Liddell pummeled the former champion and retained his title with a technical knockout at 3:59 of the third round. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout.

“This was the most satisfying victory of my career,” said Liddell, 36, of Santa Barbara. “Tito came back real tough.”

Ortiz (15-5, 8 KOs), a former wrestler, worked on his boxing technique knowing he would need it against the former boxer Liddell. But Liddell’s experience allowed him to find the right moment to pounce on Ortiz.

“I had him hurt, I just kept throwing punches,” said Liddell who also knocked down Ortiz in the first round with a left hook.

Ortiz was gracious in defeat.

“Chuck is the best fighter Pound for Pound in the (mixed martial arts) world,” said Ortiz, 31, who suffered a gash on the side of his left eye from a punch. “I’m disgusted by myself. I let my fans down.”

Other bouts

Underdog Keith Jardine (12-3-1) knocked out Forrest Griffin (13-4) at 4:41 of the first round in their light heavyweight showdown. A right uppercut followed by a left hook wobbled Griffin who was sent to the floor by a barrage of punches. On the ground Jardine landed right after right until referee John McCarthy stopped the fight for a technical knockout.

“I couldn’t believe he was hurt,” said Jardine about Griffin who is known for his resiliency. “I was so nervous coming into this fight, but now I know I belong here.”

Canada’s Jason McDonald (18-7) choked out Chris Leben (15-3) in a middleweight bout that was up for grabs. Though Leben seemed to control the fight with stunning left hands, once the fight went to the ground McDonald managed a chokehold at 4:03 of the second round. Referee Steve Mazagatti saw Leben was unconscious and stopped the fight.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (12-5) caught Brazil’s Mario Cruz (2-2) with a sneak right hand while both were tangled on the ground. Then the Belarusian pummeled Cruz until referee Herb Dean stopped the fight at 3:15 of the first round.

Third season winner of the Ultimate Fighter television reality season Michael Bisping (12-0) of Great Britain won by technical knockout over Eric Shafer (9-2-2) at 4:29 of the first round. A knee knocked Shafer groggy then Bisping knocked him to the ground and pounded him. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bludgeoning.

Thiago Alves (16-4) caught Peru’s Tony De Souza (15-5) with a knee as he attempted to dive for his legs in a welterweight contest. After that it was pretty much over as Alves pummeled De Souza at 1:10 of the second round forcing referee John McCarthy to halt the bout.

Gabriel Gonzago (7-1) proved too strong for Carmelo Marrero (6-1) in a heavyweight bout. At 3:22 of the first round Gonzago of Massachusetts manipulated his way into arm bar forcing Pennsylvania’s Marrero to tap out.

Japan’s Yushin Okami (19-3) pounded Georgia’s Rory Singer (11-6) into submission at 4:03 of the third round of a middleweight bout. Okami seemed the more-rounded fighter with effective kicks to the head and more accurate punching.

Christian Wellisch (8-2) jumped to a quick start with an accurate left hook that rattled Australia’s Anthony Perosh (5-3) in a heavyweight bout. During the first round it seemed the Sacramento fighter might end the fight but the Aussie hung tough. Wellisch won by unanimous decision.

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