21.05.07 - By Christopher Roche - Commentary from Ringside. “Ireland’s” John Duddy entered the ring Friday night with a tight, new crewcut, and he traded in his traditional green trunks for blue with gold piping.
Article posted on 21.05.2007
Despite his new look, the results stayed the same as Duddy graduated from the teens with his 20th straight victory.
Although Duddy’s opponent, Dupre “The Total Package” Strickland, of Slidell, LA, had most of us checking Boxrec, New York City’s Beacon Theater still hosted a spirited crowd that neared capacity. After absorbing a first round knockdown, Strickland managed to stay upright for the last nine, and he made a decent fight of it.
One ringside reporter stated the general consensus that when an opponent makes the journey from Louisiana to New York City, he is supposed to be knocked out. There was an undercurrent of disappointment because Strickland survived the distance. While I find it dubious to be disappointed with a dominant decision victory, I was surprised at Strickland’s ability to weather Duddy’s first-round ambush. However, upon further reflection, I realize that if Duddy knocked out Strickland in the first round, Duddy would have proved nothing and learned even less.