John Duddy Upset by Billy Lyell in the Brick City!
By Danny Serratelli at ringside, BrickCityBoxing / Doghouse Boxing (April 25, 2009)
Main Events featured a night of upsets tonight as Ireland’s John Duddy, 26-1, 17 KO’s was upset in the main event against Youngstown Ohio’s tough Billy Lyell, 19-7, 3 KO’s. Press row was pretty divided as far as who was winning throughout the fight, as well as when the final bell rang. Scores ranged from Duddy by a few points, to a draw to Lyell by a small to large margin.

The Doghouseboxing/Brickcityboxing scorecard had the fight 96-94 for Lyell, and truthfully it seemed like
there were close rounds where Duddy was given the benefit of the doubt. In the end the officials scored the bout Tommy Kaczmarek (97-93 Lyell), Lawrence Layton (96-94 Duddy) and John Stewart (98-92 Lyell). People complained about Stewarts 98-92, but in reality, it appeared that score was more on point than Layton’s 96-94 for Duddy.

It seemed that many of the people who scored the bout for Duddy took into account Duddy’s punching power advantage. However, in the early going Duddy was out slicked, outworked and whenever he landed something Lyell answered back with combinations often landing very clean punches. Lyell definitely outworked Duddy early but it appeared Duddy had more left in the tank going in to the late rounds, however for most of the night it appeared Lyell wanted it more. As of late, Duddy has been trying to box more and that appeared to hurt him tonight as he was clearly the bigger stronger man and it probably would have worked to his advantage to brawl more and rough Lyell up.

Thoughts ringside were that Duddy would be served up an easy opponent for his Brick City debut, however Lyell proved to be anything but an easy opponent. Lyell’s corner said after the fight that this was the first time they had 8 weeks to prepare for a fight, and it paid off. They explained how they noticed that Duddy drops his hands after he punches a lot, and they mapped out a game plan that Lyell followed exactly. They said stablemate Kelly Pavlik wanted to drive out to see this fight, but sounded like his wife had other plans for Kelly’s weekend.

Promoters and managers will think twice before trying to bring Lyell in as an opponent again. He proved that when he has the time to prepare that he really comes to fight. Lyell was reminiscent of an old school fighter in this fight. Duddy was cut around the 3rd round over the eye and it appeared Lyell was cut on the bridge of the nose a few rounds later; both appeared to be from punches. It is possible that Duddy thought he was winning because it did not appear that Lyell was able to hurt him at all in the fight, but if that is the case, hopefully his corner instructed him otherwise.

Both of these fighters will be back, Duddy will continue to draw and hopefully this fight was just an off night for him. Lyell deserves something off of this performance and anyone who saw this fight should pay to see Lyell again.

In the co feature Philadelphia’s Gabriel Rosado, 12-3, 7 KO’s won a split decision over former light middleweight IBF champion Kassim Ouma, 26-6-1, 16 KO’s scores Ouma (96-94), Rosado (96-94) and (97-93).

Jersey City New Jersey’s cruiserweight Pat Ferrell, 2-0, 2 KO’s stopped a seriously outmatched Doug Bowling, 0-2, from Wooster Ohio. Doug may have defeated Pat in Bowling, but had no chance in a fight. Ferrell had the stands packed with his loyal followers.

Polish, Pat Majewski, 10-0, 7 KO’s stopped James Lubash, 13-2, 6 KO’s by a TKO 7.

Henry Lundy, 13-0-1, 7 KO’s scored a brutal knockout at 1:36 of round number 5 over the other Citron brother Jason Cintron, 10-1, 3 KO’s.

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