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Boxing: I can rule out Duddy, says Prince

By David Kelly

John Duddy knows he cannot afford any slip-ups as he looks ahead to a world title clash with WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik
John Duddy knows he cannot afford any slip-ups as he looks ahead to a world title clash with WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik

Prince Arron says he is ready to wreck the World title plans of John Duddy.

Duddy will challenge WBC World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on January 26 at the Boardwalk Hotel assuming that he comes through against Arron on Saturday night in Dublin's National Stadium.

Arron believes he can end the Duddy dream of a world title shot and a pay-day that is expected to be around £1m.

"It's a step up in class for me but I think it's a step up in class for Duddy," said 19-year-old Arron, whose real name is Arron Jones.

"I think he's been wrapped in cotton wool and I'm going to expose him. He thinks he's better than what he is.

"I'm too young to fight for the British title but a win against Duddy and I can move on and fight for the English title and then fight for the British title in two years time.

"This is an unbelievable chance for me and I'm so up for this fight.

"I got the call very late but I'm going in there with nothing to lose and everything to gain."

"I've done 10 rounds before so the distance is not a problem for me and trust me I can fight. I know all about Duddy but I wouldn't have taken the fight if I didn't think I could pull it off."

While some may feel that Arron will be caught out in terms of fitness, having taken the fight at such short notice, he is adamant that he can win the fight in the latter stages.

"Duddy likes to get his wins early and if the fight goes past four or five rounds then it's mine. I'll break him down.

"I just fought last weekend so I'm in great shape. It was only a four rounder but it was a good work-out for me and as it turns out it was a perfect warm-up for this one.

"I'm always in the gym and always ready to go and I've been waiting for a chance like this to come my way."

Unable to fight for the British title, in June he out-pointed Cello Renda to pick up the British Master middleweight title and his manager Wayne Barker says that's just the first of many title he expects his charge to pick up.

"We have big plans for him and some people might say this fight has come too early but it's a fantastic opportunity and he has the ability to grab it with both hands," he explained.

"We know Duddy is good, in fact he's very good, but he's not without his flaws and I believe my man can exploit those flaws and pull off the upset. He's already beaten two undefeated guys and you know the old saying that things come in threes."

While Arron is certainly talking a good fight, it would be a monumental shock if he were to upset the Duddy plans for a date with Pavlik.

Meanwhile, Alex Arthur will defend his WBO interim super-featherweight title against England's Stephen Foster Jnr at Meadowbank Stadium on December 15.

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