Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

April date for Duddy

John Duddy will take on American Billy Lyell at the Prudential Centre in New Jersey on April 21.

Duddy's new business advisor Craig Hamilton believes the unbeaten Ulsterman is developing into a more rounded fighter and that Lyell will bring out the best in him.

Having been on the sidelines for a long period, Duddy returned to the ring with an impressive victory over Matt Vanda last month and Hamilton is determined to keep him busy as he tracks a world title opportunity.

Hamilton said: "Lyell is a bit like Vanda in that he will go right at John and in this fight we want to see John building on his last performance.

"You could see against Vanda that John was boxing to orders. He was using his jab more and unlike before when he may have got involved in a war, he was patient and used his boxing skills.

"Now we want to see him develop even more.

“It's about getting John to the point where we believe he is completely ready to fight for a world title.

"Pat (Burns) has been working very hard with him in the gym, working on his skills and his footwork and you could see that against Vanda."

Hamilton revealed that promoter Bob Arum has already been in touch about Duddy taking on Kelly Pavlik for the WBC World middleweight title, while IBF champion Arthur Abraham's people have also been in exploratory talks as well.

While it had been expected that Duddy would drop down to light-middle, for the time being it seems that his desire is to remain at middleweight.

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