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Duddy promises victory

Duddy promises victory
By Seconds Out

15/03/2007 at 00:00Updated

By Jerry Glick in New York: On a mild, late Winter’s, day in New York City at Jack Demsey’s Pub, a press conference was held to remind everyone of the fight between Ireland’s John Duddy and Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante scheduled for March 16th, the night before St. Patrick’s Day, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

By Jerry Glick in New York: On a mild, late Winter’s, day in New York City at Jack Demsey’s Pub, a press conference was held to remind everyone of the fight between Ireland’s John Duddy and Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante scheduled for March 16th, the night before St. Patrick’s Day, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

 

Duddy is happy that the fight is only days a way.  All the hard work in preparation is behind him now and he would like to get it over with.

 

“I’m eager to get in the ring Friday night and do my business,” said a very serious looking Duddy. 

 

With Bonsante’s history on “The Contender” TV show there is no shortage of opportunities to study his fighting style. 

 

“There are a lot of tapes as well,” added Duddy.  “You need to study him for the caliber of fighter that he is.  Especially in his last time out when he fought Matt Vander.  It was a great fight and I think he boxed ahead of Vander for the twelve rounds.  I’m certainly not taking him lightly.  We’ve worked very hard in the gym.  I’m looking forward to see what he’s got to throw at me Friday night.  I think I’ve got all the answers for him.”

 

Prediction: Just “a victory.”

 

Duddy’s last fight was a war with former World Champion Yory Boy Campas who has fought nearly 100 times.  With that many fights under his belt a young fighter such as Duddy might want to refer to him as “professor.” 

 

“This is the greatest stage in the world to be showing anything.  I’ve been working too hard not to show myself as more of a professional fighter,” said Duddy.  “I’m learning, I’m still learning, and I’m able to improve on my weaknesses.”

 

Harry Keitt is not an easy guy to please if he’s training you, but he appeared to be quite happy with his most famous student.

 

“I worked on what everybody is saying; moving his head, boxing more.  That’s what we’ve been working on in camp,” Keitt pointed out. “He’s in great shape.  It’s going to be a spectacular show.” 

 

After Duddy’s super tough fight with Campas, how is feeling?  “He’s feeling great.  He’s looking good.  He learned a lot and he wants to show everybody what he learned from the Campas fight.” 

 

Keitt knows better than to take an opponent lightly.  Every fighter brings something to the table.

 

“I expect a hungry guy that’s trying and hoping that he can make an upset.  We are not taking him for granted,” insisted Keitt.  “It’s a big step up for him (Bonsante).  Anything he brings to the table we will be ready for.

 

 Bonsante, who lives in Shakopee, Minnesota, was happy to be getting the opportunity to fight John Duddy, 18-0 (15), for the Derry, Northern Ireland slugger’s IBA Middleweight Belt. 

 

He is not without titles himself.  Bonsante won the IBA America’s Middleweight title that was vacant when he beat Matt Vanda in his last outing.  In his previous fight he took the vacant Minnesota State Middleweight title when he TKO’d Troy Lowry in eight rounds.

 

Back at the first press conference in January, announcing the fight, the 36 year old Bonsante, 29-8-3 (17), told SecondsOut that he would continue to work at his supervisor’s job at Kmart as he prepared for the biggest fight of his long career.  After seven weeks of training Bonsante managed to work full time as a fighter, getting a leave of absence from that supervisor’s job.

 

“Fortunately, a very good friend of mine, Dick Brown, proposed a leave of absence from my work and that he would fund me on that,” explained Bonsante.  “I asked Kmart whether they would give me a leave of absence, and they said yes.  It worked to my advantage.  I was able to train solid for seven weeks.”

 

Bonsante’s team has viewed tapes of Duddy in action.  Did they see anything that the Minnesota Middleweight Champion can exploit in Duddy’s arsenal? 

 

“Every boxer has weaknesses, no matter how good you are,” said Bonsante.   “John’s are very minimal, obviously.  He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s got youth on his side, but there are weaknesses that we saw.”

 

“I have prepared for this fight and I have not been in this good physical condition since I was 21 years old,” added Bonsante.  “I’m ready for this, and without sounding arrogant, I plan on winning.”

 

The challenger is in New York with his family, including his fiancé and two children Brittany and Derek, who were out seeing the sights while he was attending the press conference.  “I told them that I wasn’t going to have any damn fun until after the fight.”

 

“There has to be a loser, whether it’s me or John,” said Bonsante.  “John and I agreed that no matter what happens we would share a green beer together.”

 

Also on the show is undefeated Super-Featherweight contender Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea who will be trying to run her record to 10-0.

 

“As you know it is my father’s birthday on Friday,” Shea said sincerely.  “And ordinarily I would be dedicating the fight to my father.  Unfortunately it has been brought to my attention that a very good friend of mine has a granddaughter who was diagnosed with a malignant tumor at the base of her brain.  I will be fighting with her name on the back of my skirt.”

 

As far as the fight is concerned Shea is ready regardless.

 

“I have been working a lot of different things in the gym and I’m really looking forward to displaying my skills Friday,” said a very confident Shea.

 

This show marks the second year in a row that promoter Irish Ropes and John Duddy have been in the Garden on the night before St. Patrick’s Day.  A sellout crowd will be on hand because the tickets sold out a very short time after they went on sale.  Eddie McLoughlin, head of Irish Ropes believes that they could have sold at least another 4000 seats if they had them to sell.    

 

Last year on March 16th Duddy scored a knockout at 1:51 of the first round over Shelby Pudwill.  He won’t go so far as to predict a short fight this time around, just that he will win.

 

Also on the seven fight show will be Andy Lee, the Clancy brothers, James and Mark, as well as Giovanni Lorenzo.  All undefeated competitors.

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