19.05.07 - By David PambianchiIn: 1928, the Beacon Theatre opened to “Silent Films,” a majestic realm of white, grey and brown marble, polished bronze, and Art Deco design, but on May 18, 2007, John Duddy faced Dupre Strickland, and Peter Quillin met Victor Paz, with nothing silent about it.
Article posted on 19.05.2007
For the scheduled ten rounds Main Event, cheering, hopeful Irish fans looked for that Duddy flurry and quick knockout, and it looked like they might get it after a knockdown in the first. But a tough Dupree can take punches and cut-man, “Big George Mitchell,” snapped into work early with bleeding over Duddy’s right eye in the second round.
Round upon round, the routine continued throughout the fight with Duddy scoring better, most effectively connecting with a hard right to Dupre’s midsection and left rib cage, then following with the left jab or hook to Dupre’s head. On it went until the inevitable unanimous decision for John Duddy.
Earlier this Friday night, amid the theatre’s 30 foot warrior statues, martial motifs of lions, chariot relief’s, Coat of Arms, helmets and swords, scheduled for 6 rounds, Victor Paz faced a super charged Peter Quillin for a different sequence of action.
Victor Paz bravely stood his ground, but Quillin unleashed an indescribable fury of speed, power and devastating accuracy, punching lefts and rights around Victor’s gloves and winning by TKO 58 seconds into the second round. That’s it, except for Peter’s candy-toss to spectators after the fight.