Duddy-Bonsante Press Conference Quotes

13.03.07 - JOHN DUDDY: “I’ve worked very hard -- I’m sure Anthony has too – for this fight. We’re both hungry and eager to give fans what they want. I’m looking forward to it. My career has come along and, hopefully, this will be my biggest fight. Stay in your seats. There’s going to be a lot of excitement whether it goes one or 12 rounds.”

ANTHONY BONSANTE: “I’ve prepared long and hard for this fight. John’s a strong fighter. He has age on his side but I’m going to use my experience. I plan to be there in the12th round. Neither one of us is going to be hard to find. I’m excited to be here (NYC). My family’s here but they’re out sightseeing. I’m not Irish but I can still have fun on St. Patrick’s Day.”

GIOVANNI LORENZO: “I want to thank Irish Ropes for putting me on this fight. I feel honored and happy to be fighting on John Duddy’s card. He’s a great fighter. I’m prepared to put on a good show.”

MAUREEN SHEA: “I want to thank Irish Ropes for putting me on the undercard. I admire John and have seen where he’s come from and where he’s going. My father’s birthday is Friday and normally I’d dedicate the fight to him. But I’m dedicating my fight to a seven-year-old from New Rochelle, Faith, who I learned has a malignant brain tumor. I’ll be wearing her name on my skirt.”

Event: “Erin Go Brawl”

Date & Venue: March 16 @ The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY

Promoter: Irish Ropes Promotions

Television: Broadcast live in North America on cable and satellite pay-per-view starting at 9 PM/ET, 6 PM/PT. The event is being produced and distributed for pay-per-view by Integrated Sports and will be available in more than 50-million homes in North America via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network in the USA and on Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. It will also be available live on Setanta Sports in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, as well as taped delayed (March 18 on BBC 1 at 22:25) on BBC Northern Ireland. The full “Erin Go Brawl” PPV broadcast will be available to viewers outside of North America via streaming video subscription on

The “Erin Go Brawl” all-star broadcast team is comprised of award-winning Al Bernstein, blow-by-blow announcer; Hall of Fame member and former world featherweight champion Barry “The

Clones Cyclone” McGuigan and past world heavyweight title challenger “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney, color commentators; popular sports television and radio personality Tony Paige, ringside reporter.

Main Event: “Ireland’s” John Duddy (18-0, 15 KOs), Queens, NY via Derry, N. Ireland vs. Anthony “Bullet” Bonsante (29-8-3, 17 KOs), Shakopee, MN, 12 rounds, IBA World & WBC Continenal Americas Middleweight Championships. Co-Feature: Giovanni “El Chico Malo” Lorenzo, New York, NY via Dominican Republic vs. Robert “The Doctor” Kamya, Palm Beach, FL via Uganda,10 rounds.

Undercard Fights: Middleweight Andy Lee (6-0, 3 KOs), Detroit, MI via Limerick, Ireland vs. Carl Daniels (40-10-1, 13 KOs, St. Louis, MO, 6 rounds; super featherweight Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea (8-0, 4 KOs, Bronx, NY vs. Eva Lidia “La Nortenita” Silva (4-6, 0 KOs), Ciudad Acuna, Mexico 6 rounds; heavyweight James Clancy (9-0, 1 KO), Boston, MA via Clare, Ireland vs. Rodney Ray (3-4-1, 3 KOs), Brooklyn, NY, 4/6 rounds; cruiserweight Mark Clancy (6-0-1, 1 KO), Boston, MA via Clare, Ireland vs. Andrew “Came To Fight” Hutchinson (2-8-2, 0 KOs), New York, NY; welterweight Henry Coyle (pro debut), Chicago via Mayo, Ireland vs. Jason Collazo (pro debut), Paterson, NJ, 4 rounds.

Official Weigh In: 6 PM/ET, Thursday (March 15), 6 PM in The Theater at Madison Square Garden


Information: Irish Ropes Promotions at 212.835.1582 or go on line to

KELTIC DREAMS FUNDRAISER: Thursday, March 14, 5-8 PM at Mustang Harry’s in Manhattan (30th St. & 7th Ave.). A meet-and-greet with world famous boxers for suggested donation of $50.00 per person.

Article posted on 14.03.2007

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