Big Dog’s Prospect Watch: John Duddy stands, delivers and destroys Leonard Pierre
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr. (March 21, 2005)  
Photo © Brendon Pierpaoli, DHB
Irish eyes were smiling down on undefeated middleweight John Duddy at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights when he completely dismantled, destroyed and tainted the undefeated streak of Leonard Pierre in just one round. The Irish born and bred boxer came out firing at the sound of the bell for round one and dropped Pierre with a powerful left hand in the opening seconds. Duddy came into this fight with eight wins all by knockout and after an onslaught of solid left hooks finished up Pierre with a barrage of punches. With a left hook, right, right and the ole one-two Duddy stopped his seventh opponent in the opening round when referee Frank Cappuccino called a halt to Leonard’s punishment at 1:23 in the first round. The twenty-five year old rising star now moves up to a perfect 9-0 (9) with this show stopping performance.

After John banged out a 100-30 amateur record, winning a handful of amateur championships along the way, he stepped into the pro ranks in the fall of ’03 and stopped the 1-0 Tarek Rached in the opening round. Duddy laid out two more of his opponents in the first round of that same year and stepped up against hard hitting Ken Hock, 10-4-1 (7), in January ’04. Four rounds later Duddy earned another knockout win and nine months after that he stopped then undefeated Victor Paz (7-0) with yet another first round knockout. Tonight’s win over the previously unbeaten Leonard Pierre, 16-0 (11), not only marks his seventh first round victory by knockout but also establishes his run for the top with this breakout performance. Duddy’s dominant power and fast paced straight at yah style makes John the Big Dog’s leading prospect watch, so stay tuned.

McBride closer to Tyson with victory over Montiy

The main event on the day after St. Patrick’s Day featured another fighting Irishmen in the hard-hitting 6’6” Kevin ‘The Clones Colossus’ McBride, who moved up to 32-4-1 (27) after stopping Kevin Montiy, 15-3-1 (12), in five snail paced rounds. With nearly five hundred total pounds between the two big guys the pace was set at a very slow rate with both fighters landing under 30% of their punches in the opening round. McBride, who was the much bigger and stronger fighter of the two, stalked and aggressively used his weight to push around the faster Montiy with very little action until the middle of the third round when the two actually doubled up on the punches and traded a bit. In the fifth round McBride dropped his opponent with a massive body shot and ended it with Montiy against the ropes with a another punishing body shot and uppercut that prompted referee Eddie Cotton to call a halt to the bout at the 2:28 mark when Montiy failed to fight back.

The thirty-one year old McBride was slated to step in against former champion Mike Tyson last summer but missed out on the opportunity, leaving Danny Williams the ‘lucky’ victor over Tyson. Reports have said that McBride may yet get the chance to face the thirty-eight year old former undisputed heavyweight champion this June in Washington, DC. If the McBride versus Tyson bout materializes this summer it would appear to be an easy confidence building win for the battered ex-champ. All though McBride is much bigger than Tyson he is slow and limited with his skill level, and with four knockouts already against him, two from journeymen, his chin is tailored made for Tyson. But hey, McBride was the man of the hour tonight with his victory and for now, that is all that matters.

The ESPN opener featured 14-1-1 (7) Delvin Rodriguez’s unanimous decision victory over 18-13-2 (4) Marteze Logan
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