|Duddy Loses to Lyell and Ouma to Rosado in Night of Upsets!
By Ken Hissner at ringside for DoghouseBoxing (April 26, 2009)
Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey it was a night of upsets. Not only did “Irish” John Duddy lose for the first time and Kassim “The Dre;am” Ouma lose, but Jason Cintron, the brother of former world champion Kermit, also lost for the first time.
Kathy Duva’s Main Events with J. Russell Peltz as matchmaker treated over 2,000 fans to 5 fights but an Irish band that had the place well entertained.
Duddy, 26-1 (17) had his hands full with Billy Lyell, 19-7 (3), Warren, Ohio, from the 1st round through the 10th. Lyell’s trainer Jack Loew (trains Kelly Pavlik) had Lyell right in front of Duddy using his hand speed that it seemed he would outscore Duddy 2-1 at times. Duddy was cut as early as the 3rd round around the left eye. In the 5th round Lyell had a nasty cut across the bridge of the nose that looked worse than it was. This was not the same Duddy I have seen when he first came on the scene in New York from Ireland. His natural deadly hook was absent. His trainer Pat Burns who formerly trained Jermain Taylor has tried to turn him into a boxer which he is not. This light middleweight match was refereed by Alen Huggins who let Lyell rabbit punch Duddy in the second half of the fight once too often. Duddy never complained and seemed to lack the usual fire power he has shown in the past.
The decision was split among the judges but not with the press who had Lyell ahead. This writer had it a draw. Peltz who promotes Ouma had Rosado ahead by a point. Lawrence Layton had it 96-94 for Duddy while Tom Kaczmarek had it 97-93 and John Stewart 98-92 both for the winner Lyell. Rumor was Pavlik was going to attend the fight to watch a possible future opponent in Duddy. Pavlik saved himself a trip.
Gabriel “King” Rosado, 12-3 (7), of Philadelphia finished strong taking the last 2 rounds on all the judges scorecards to pull off a mild upset over the former IBF light middleweight champion Ouma Rosado came out in the 10th round like he needed a knockout and almost had one hitting Ouma with power shots to the head. “We prepared for the best possible Ouma we have seen,” said Bill Briscoe, trainer of Rosado. “We wanted to go to the body more but Ouma would score 3 or 4 light punches to outscore us,” added Briscoe. This was Rosado’s first 10 rounder. “I thought I won the fight,” said Ouma.
“I felt good and was confident in this fight,” said Rosado. “I was hoping Duddy would have won and I could come back to Newark in July (next Main Events show featuring IBF cruiser champion Tomasz Adamek) for Main Events,” added Rosado. Several times Ouma would seem to have Rosado trapped in a corner but the latter would spin into a southpaw stance and nail Ouma with straight left hands. “We worked on that,” said Rosado.
Most at ringside were looking to see Jason Cintron, 10-1 (3), of Reading, Pennsylvania, win in a hard fought battle with Philly’s Hank Lundy, 13-0-1 (7), now fighting out of Providence, Rhode Island. Lundy had Cintron’s number from the 1st round with quicker and heavier punches. Cintron didn’t seem to be able to pull the trigger with the straight right. “I kept telling him to throw the right and keep your hands up more,” said Marshall Kauffman Cinton’s trainer. Lundy predicted to this writer he would stop Cintron in 3 and when asked why it took 5 he replied “it took a little longer than I thought it would.” Lundy’s balance has improved since under trainer Peter Manfredo, Sr., but needs to work on it. The 1st round had both fighters exchanging good sharp punches to the head. In the 3rd round Cintron was out on his feet. In the 5th round two left hooks and down went Cintron who struggled to his feet but couldn’t make it before 10 by the referee David Franceosi who stopped it at 1:36 of the 5th round.
Jimmy Burchfield of CES Boxing who promotes Lundy was quite pleased with his fighter’s performance which was his first 8 rounder. “We look forward to getting into the USBA and NABF ratings with wins like this one,” said Burchfield.
Patrick Majewski, 10-0 (7), Random, Poland, now Atlantic City, won a one sided fight over Pittsburgh’s Jimmy Lubash, 13-2 (6), dropping his opponent with strong left hooks to the rib area starting in the 3rd round. By the 5th round Lubash found himself on the floor from the body shots. Two left hooks in the 7th round had Lubash down again before Huggins put a stop to it at 1:18 of the 7th round.
In a mismatch Pat Farrell of Jersey City easily disposed of Doug Bowling, 0-2, of Wooster, Ohio at 1:06 of the 1st round in a cruiserweight 4. Referee was Franceosi.
It hasn’t been decided yet who Adamek will fight July 10th at the Prudential Center. Philly’s Steve Cunningham and Bernard Hopkins will probably not be the opponent. The former champion Cunningham who is #3 and #7 Wayne Braithwaite have been rumored to fight in an elimination bout but a date has not been obtained. Hopkins and Main Events could not come to an agreement.
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