John Duddy

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John Duddy
Real nameJohn Francis Duddy
Nickname(s)"Ireland's John Duddy"
"The Derry Destroyer"
Rated atMiddleweight
Born(1979-06-19) 19 June 1979 (age 33)[1]
Derry, Northern Ireland
Boxing record
Total fights31
Wins by KO18
No contests0
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This article is about the boxer from Northern Ireland. For the Scottish murderer, see Shepherd's Bush murders. For the man shot dead on Bloody Sunday in Derry, see Bloody Sunday (1972).
John Duddy
Real nameJohn Francis Duddy
Nickname(s)"Ireland's John Duddy"
"The Derry Destroyer"
Rated atMiddleweight
Born(1979-06-19) 19 June 1979 (age 33)[1]
Derry, Northern Ireland
Boxing record
Total fights31
Wins by KO18
No contests0

John Francis Duddy (born 19 June 1979)[1] is a retired middleweight professional boxer, from Derry, Northern Ireland. Duddy fought under the moniker of "Ireland's John Duddy"[1] or "The Derry Destroyer".[2]

Duddy lost only twice (Billy Lyell, Julio César Chávez, Jr.) in 31 bouts,[3] with 18 of his wins by knockout, with 10 of those KO's coming in the first round. He is the former IBA World and WBC Continental Americas middleweight title holder.[4]


Amateur career

As an amateur Duddy fought 130 times, winning 100 of his bouts. Duddy won his first Irish national title at the age of 15 as a light middleweight in the Junior Division, later winning Irish titles at the Intermediate and Elite Levels. He also represented Ireland at European level and during Olympic qualifiers.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Professional career


Duddy turned professional September 2003, and his first fight as a pro was fight Tarek Rashed in The Bronx. He won via first round knockout. On 22 November, he stopped Jesse Gomez at the Crowne Plaza hotel. His next bout was also at the Crowne Plaza, where he beat Leo Laudat on 21 December but suffered his first knockdown.[4]

Early professional fights

Duddy began 2004 by stepping up his opponent quality a notch, when he met Ken Hock on 9 January 2004 in Uncasville, Connecticut. Hock had ten victories against four losses and one draw (tie) coming into his bout with Duddy. Hock became the first boxer to go more than one round against Duddy, but still lost by knockout to the Irish prospect in the fourth round. He then experienced his career's longest lay-off, waiting over nine months before his next bout. When he returned, he once again won by first round knockout, defeating Victor Paz on 30 October at Middletown, New York. Duddy quickly returned to action after that fight, beating William Johnson on 18 November in Manhattan.[4]

Duddy's last fight of 2004 came on 12 December at Brighton Beach, Brooklyn against the then undefeated Glen Dunnings. Dunnings became only the second boxer to go more than one round against Duddy, when he was knocked out in the fifth round. Duddy's first fight of 2005 came on 4 February, when he beat Chuck Orso in White Plains.[4]

St. Patrick's Day events

On 18 March, Duddy fought the undefeated prospect Leonard Pierre as part of an Irish themed "day after Saint Patrick's Day card". This undercard was televised in the United States on ESPN, with Duddy and Pierre fighting the semi-main event of the card, which was headlined by heavyweight Kevin McBride, who later defeated Mike Tyson.[11]

Both the live crowd and the television announcers expected an early knockout in this fight, given that Pierre also had six first round knockout wins. Duddy proceeded to drop Pierre twice before experienced referee Frank Cappuccino stopped the fight, giving Duddy his seventh first round knockout, and his ninth consecutive knockout victory.

On 11 June 2005 Duddy was up against Patrick Thompson in Madison Square Garden. Thompson became the third boxer to last the first round, and both fighters boxed to a judge's decision. The score on all three cards was 80-72 in favor of Duddy, who extended his win streak to ten, while his knockout streak ended at nine.[4]

In his next eight fights, Duddy knocked out six opponents, including first round knock outs of both Joseph Brady (17 September 2005) and Shelby Pudwill (16 March 2006). On the undercard of the 10 June 2006 Miguel Cotto-Paul Malignaggi Top Rank Pay-Per-View fight, Duddy took on the experienced fighter Alfredo Cuevas, who in 2004 went the 12 round distance with former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. It was Duddy's eighth fight in less than a year and his third at Madison Square Garden, but he showed no signs of fatigue, fighting Cuevas for 7 rounds before Cuevas retired on his stool with a broken nose and several deep cuts.[citation needed]

His next fight came against Yori Boy Campas, again at Madison Square Garden. Against an opponent with ten times more professional experience, Duddy went the distance, winning in a unanimous decision after 12 rounds. On 16 March 2007, he beat Anthony Bonsante at Madison Square Garden. Duddy won with a unanimous 90-81, 89-82 and 88-83 decision when the fight was stopped after the ninth round by referee Steve Smoger, due to heavy bleeding from Bonsante's forehead caused by an earlier accidental headbutt.[citation needed]

Return to Ireland

On 14 July 2007 Duddy fought the first of his two scheduled fights in what has been billed as his "Homecoming" to Ireland. In his first at the National Stadium in Dublin, his opponent was Alessio Furlan. Duddy was ruled the winner by TKO with only 10 seconds to go in the 10th and final round. John then went on to defeat Prince Arron in 2 rounds on 20 October in the National Stadium, Dublin. Duddy fought Howard Eastman at the King's Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 8 December. The fight was expected to be his toughest to date. In front of 5,500 supporters, Duddy recorded a ten round 96-94 points victory.[12][13][14]

Loss to Lyell

On 24 April 2009, Duddy was beaten via ten-round split decision by Billy Lyell, a fighter with seven losses in his twenty-five fights.[15]


On 10 October 2009, Duddy made a successful return to the ring against Michi Munoz. Duddy won a unanimous decision.[16]

On 23 January 2010, Duddy fought Juan Astorga in Madison Square Garden. He went on to win by way of technical knockout in the first round, giving him his 18th KO.[17]

Duddy defeated Michael Medina of Monterrey, Mexico via split Decision on 13 March 2010, on the undercard of the Pacquaio/Clottey WBO Welterweight Championship.[18]

In his final fight he was unanimously outpointed by Julio César Chávez, Jr. in a fight in San Antonio on 26 June 2010.[3]


Duddy announced his retirement from boxing in a statement on 19 January 2011, after "a great deal of soul-searching." In the statement, Duddy cited a lack of desire, saying, "I no longer have the enthusiasm and willingness to make the sacrifices that are necessary to honor the craft of prizefighting," and stated that his decision is final. This scuppered plans for an all-Irish showdown at Foxwoods Resort against Andy Lee.[19]

Professional boxing record

29 Wins (18 knockouts), 2 Loss, 0 Draws,0 No Contest
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss29-2Mexico Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.UD12 (12)02010-06-2626 June 2010United States Alamodome, San Antonio, TexasVacant WBC Silver Middleweight Title on the line.
Win29–1Mexico Michael MedinaSD12 (12)02010-03-1313 March 2010United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Win28–1United States Juan AstorgaTKO1 (8), 1:5502010-01-2323 January 2010United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win27-1Mexico Michi MunozUD8 (8)02009-10-1010 October 2009United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss26–1United States Billy LyellSD10 (10)02009-04-2424 April 2009United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Win26–0United States Matt VandaUD10 (10)02009-02-2121 February 2009United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win25–0United States Charles HoweUD10 (10)02008-06-2828 June 2008United States The Castle, Boston, Massachusetts
Win24–0Tunisia Walid SmichetMD10 (10)02008-02-2323 February 2008United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win23–0Guyana Howard EastmanPTS10 (10)02007-12-088 December 2007Northern Ireland King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win22–0United Kingdom Prince ArronTKO2 (10), 2:3302007-10-2020 October 2007Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Win21–0ItalyAlessio FurlanTKO10 (10), 2:4202007-07-1414 July 2007Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Win20–0United States Dupre StricklandUD10 (10)02007-05-1818 May 2007United States Beacon Theatre, New York, New York
Win19–0United States Anthony BonsanteTD9 (12)02007-03-1616 March 2007United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkJohn's IBA Middleweight Title on the line. Bonsante's WBC Continental Americas Title on the line.
Win18–0Mexico Luis Ramon CampasUD12(12)02006-09-2929 September 2006United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkRetained IBA Middleweight Title.
Win17–0United States Alfredo CuevasRTD7 (12),02006-06-1010 June 2006United StatesMadison Square Garden, New York, New YorkRetained IBA Middleweight Title.
Win16–0United StatesShelby PudwillTKO1 (10), 1:5102006-03-1616 March 2006United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkVacant IBA Middleweight Title on the line.
Win15–0Haiti Julio JeanUD10 (10)02006-02-044 February 2006United StatesThe Castle, Boston, Massachusetts
Win14–0United States Wilmer MejiaTKO4 (8)02005-12-1515 December 2005United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Win13–0CanadaBryon MackieTKO4 (8), 1:3202005-11-044 November 2005United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York
Win12–0United States Joseph BradyKO1 (8), 1:0102005-09-1717 September 2005United States Dana Barros Sports Complex, Mansfield, Massachusetts
Win11–0United States Pat ColemanTKO8 (8), 2:3002005-07-2222 July 2005United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Win10–0United States Patrick ThompsonUD8 (8)02005-06-1111 June 2005United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win9–0HaitiLenord PierreTKO1 (8), 1:2302005-03-1818 March 2005United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win8–0United StatesChuck OrsoKO1 (8), 1:3702005-02-044 February 2005United States Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York
Win7–0United StatesGlen DunningsTKO5 (6), 1:2002004-12-1111 December 2004United StatesAtlantic Oceana, Brighton Beach, New York
Win6–0United States William JohnsonTKO1 (4), 0:3902004-11-1818 November 2004United States Manhattan Center, New York, New York
Win5–0United States Victor PazTKO1 (6), 2:0402004-10-3030 October 2004United States Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, New York
Win4–0United States Ken HockTKO4 (4), ?:??02004-01-099 January 2004United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win3–0United States Leo LaudatTKO1 (4), ?:??02003-11-2121 November 2003United States Crowne Plaza Hotel, New York, New York
Win2–0United States Jesse GomezTKO1 (4), ?:??02003-10-2222 October 2003United States Crowne Plaza Hotel, New York, New York
Win1–0United States Tarek RachedTKO1 (4), ?:??02003-09-1919 September 2003United States Jimmy's Bronx Cafe, Bronx, New YorkJohn's professional debut.

Personal life

John has a wife named Grainne.[20] His Uncle Jackie Duddy, was one of the 14 people killed by British Army Paratroopers, during Bloody Sunday.[21]

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c "BoxRec: John Duddy". Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  2. ^ Derry destroyer Duddy maintains unbeaten record with points win, 29 June 2008; retrieved 2010-06-29
  3. ^ a b Duddy goes down fighting 27 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-29
  4. ^ a b c d e Boxrec. ""John Duddy"". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  5. ^ Shane Murray. "Ireland take Gold". RTÉ News. Retrieved 20 April 2002. 
  6. ^ Jerry Glick. "Talks to John Duddy". Seconds Out. Retrieved August 2005. 
  7. ^ Benny Henderson Jr.. "Prospect Watch: The Fighting Irishman John Duddy". Doghouse Boxing. Retrieved 10 January 2005. 
  8. ^ Marilyn Cole Lownes. "The Boxer". Irish Abroad. Retrieved 1 March 2005. [dead link]
  9. ^ Steve Farhood. "Phenomenon". Boxing Monthly. Retrieved May 2006. 
  10. ^ Matthew Hurley. "Ireland's Warrior - John Duddy". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 1 February 2006. 
  11. ^ a b Brian Doogan (12 March 2006). "Who is John Duddy?". The Times on Line (London).,,2094-2081770,00.html. Retrieved 12 March 2006. 
  12. ^ Duddy to take on veteran Eastman, BBC News
  13. ^ Duddy the only show in town, Belfast Telegraph
  14. ^ Duddy to face Eastman in Belfast, RTE
  15. ^ Slater, James (2009-04-25). "Billy Lyell Upsets John Duddy - What Now For The Irishman?". Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  16. ^ "Irish Middleweight John Duddy Beats Michi Munoz". Bock The Robber. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  17. ^ "John Duddy knocks out Juan Astorga in first round win". BBC Sport. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  18. ^ "Derry's John Duddy edges split decision in Texas bout". BBC Sport. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  19. ^ Rafael, Dan. "John Duddy retires, drops HBO fight". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  20. ^ Weir, Clare (29 August 2009). "Boxing ace Duddy marries long-term sweetheart". Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  21. ^ "Interview : Irish middleweight boxer John Duddy". An Phoblacht. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 

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