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Duddy cruises to New York victory

John Duddy is held aloft by trainer Harry Keitt after his win over Munoz
John Duddy is held aloft by trainer Harry Keitt after his win over Munoz

John Duddy returned to winning ways on Saturday night with a unanimous points victory over Jorge 'Michi' Munoz at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The 30-year-old middleweight from Northern Ireland, who was back in the ring after a defeat in April, was rarely troubled by Munoz.

Munoz connected with a series of punches in the first round but Duddy took control for the rest of the bout.

Duddy is now looking to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr next year.

Chavez Jr's promoter Bob Arum was at ringside to see Duddy take his record to 27-1 (17 KOs).

Duddy was fighting for the first time since reuniting with Harry Keitt, his trainer for his first 20 professional fights and under whom he had registered 15 of his 17 stoppages.

And while the explosiveness that highlighted their earlier partnership only came in brief passages, Duddy was delighted to have returned to the ring following his split decision loss to American Billy Lyell and after a six-month absence that saw him get married and also settle a long-running dispute with his former management company.

He was also pleased to have maintained his unbeaten record at Madison Square Garden.

"I have had a lot in my head with getting married and what not and I am just glad to get back to this place called home," Duddy said.

"It is great being back in the Garden and back in New York."

On his return to work with Keitt after short-lived spells over two years with Don Turner and Pat Burns, Duddy added: "It is the best decision I ever made in my life."

see also
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Duddy matched with Mexican Munoz
08 Sep 09 |  Boxing
Duddy to fight again in October
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Duddy falls to shock first defeat
25 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Duddy will fight again in April
25 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Duddy sees off Vanda on points
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