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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 October 2007, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
Duddy mooted as Pavlik opponent
Pavlik (left) goes toe-to-toe with Taylor
Kelly Pavlik (left) defeated Jermain Taylor last weekend
Derry boxer John Duddy is being mooted as a possible opponent for new undisputed world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik next March.

American Pavlik claimed the world middleweight crown with a seventh-round stoppage of Jermain Taylor on Saturday.

Pavlik's promoter Bob Arum is already taking about Duddy as a possible opponent for the new champion.

"People have mentioned a fight with John Duddy. That would be huge in Madison Square Garden," said Arum.

"That would be right before St Patrick's Day."

Arum expects Pavlik to have a rematch against Taylor but he wants his fighter to have another contest before the return bout.

Duddy has claimed 21 straight wins and his last bout was a 10th-round stoppage win over Italian journeyman Alessio Furlan in July.

The 28-year-old Irishman will be back in action when he faces Spaniard Pablo Navascues at the National Stadium in Dublin on 20 October.

Thirty-one-year-old Navascues has lost only one of his 26 professional bouts.



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