Duddy-Bonsante NYC Presser

25.01.07 - John Duddy: ďItís going to be a great night the 16th of March in Madison Square Garden, the arena of all arenas. I thank Anthony (they shook hands). I respect him in and out of the ring. He has a hard lifestyle (working nights and single father of two children). Weíre hungry fighters. (Yory Boy) Campas asked me a lot of questions (in Duddyís last fight) and I answered some questions. Anthony will be asking me questions about what I can do in the ring. Itís going to be a tremendous fight. We both have tremendous heart and hunger.. God willing, youíll see me put it all on the line like I did in my last fight. Itís going to be the night before St. Patrickís Day and a lot of Irish will be at the fight or watching on pay per view. Itís (fan support) been tremendous since I arrived in New York from Irish fans in places like New York and Boston. Iím going to Florida for six weeks of training so Harry (Keitt) can beat me up some more. Iím looking forward to this fight. Iím hungry and eager to put on a tremendous show. Itís going to be a night to remember for the Irish, boxing fans and Irish Ropes. Thereís going to be an explosion March 16th.Ē

Harry Keitt (Duddyís trainer): ďI was at Anthonyís fight in Minnesota (Jan. 20th victory against Matt Vanda). I know heís coming to bring it. Weíre training hard to be at our best. We have two good guys going against each other. Weíll work hard to get a ĎW.í Weíve come too far to go backwards. Michael Jacksonís the only one doing the moonwalk.Ē

Anthony Bonsante: ďIím happy to be in New York. Iíve dreamed of fighting in Madison Square Garden. Iím ready. I know there will be a huge Irish crowd but Iím coming to enjoy this opportunity. Heís the IBA World and WBC Continental Americas champion, Iím the IBA Americas champion. He hits like a mule. Itís going to be a great fight. I flew in today for this and I have to be back (Minnesota) for work tonight at 10 PM (Anthony is a production supervisor at a KMart warehouse).Ē

Lisa Broch (Bonsanteís trainer): ďIím privileged and honored to be here. Few females are in this position. Iíve been with Anthony Bonsante for seven years. He works hard and weíre looking forward to this fight.Ē

Maureen Shea: ďIím taking care of business. Iím truly blessed and honored to be fighting on an Irish Ropes show for the second year in a row at The Garden and on a John Duddy undercard. Itís my dadís 66th birthday and, God willing, Iíll give him another win (as a present). Iím looking forward to putting on a great performance.Ē

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, as well as Viewerís Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.

Main Event: ďIrelandísĒ John Duddy (18-0, 15 KOs), Queens, NY via Derry, N. Ireland vs. Anthony ďBulletĒ Bonsante (29-8-3, 17 KOs), Shakopee, MN, 12 rounds, IBA World & WBC Continenal Americas Middleweight Championships. Co-Feature: TBA, 10 rounds.

Undercard Fighters: super featherweight Maureen ďThe Real Million Dollar BabyĒ Shea (8-0, 4 KOs, Bronx, NY; middleweight Andy Lee (6-0, 3 KOs), Detroit, MI via Limerick, Ireland; heavyweight James Clancy (9-0, 1 KO), Boston, MA via Clare, Ireland; cruiserweight Mark Clancy (6-0-1, 1 KO), Boston, MA via Clare, Ireland; welterweight Henry Coyle (pro debut), Chicago via Mayo, Ireland.

Tickets: $400.00, $300.00, $200.00, $150.00, $100.00, $75.00 and $50.00 at the Garden Box Office,, or by calling TicketMaster at 212.307.7171. All tickets include a $4.50 facility fee and TicketMaster orders are subject to TicketMaster service charge.

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

Article posted on 25.01.2007

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