Relaxed Duddy’s ready to silence Mexican masses
John Duddy is adamant that he will handle the wrath of 20,000 Mexicans and seal his shot at the World middleweight title on Saturday night.
The Ulsterman takes on Julio Cesar Chavez jnr at the San Antonio Alamo Dome with the winner guaranteed a vacant WBC World title clash with Germany’s Sebastien Zbik, the interim World title holder.
Duddy will go in as the underdog against Chavez jnr, whose father Julio Cesar is one of the greatest fighters of all time. Promoter Bob Arum has carefully built Chavez into a world title contender but Duddy is determined to burst the bubble.
The 31-year-old is relishing the chance of upstaging Chavez jnr and sealing his dream world title shot.
Duddy said: “My plan is to make sure there are a lot of very, very annoyed Mexicans on Saturday night.
“This guy is not like his dad and he never will be. I give him the respect he’s due but I intend to go in there and give him every excuse to quit. I’ll give it everything I have.
“My training has been great and I feel ready for this, ready to win but I don’t expect any favours.”
Chavez jnr, who served a suspension this year after a doping violation, has hired top coach Freddie Roach for this defining night in his career.
Roach said: “None of the things people warned me about him were true. He came in and worked hard.
“He loves to run and one morning he was the one who woke me up and said, ‘Coach, time to get up and run.’ He is such a great person to know. We are in tough against Duddy. Duddy likes to throw hard right hands and Julio tends to get hit with rights. That’s not a good combination for us.
“Julio had no problems sparring 12 rounds in the gym last week. He is in very good shape and if he can pressure Duddy, I think Julio has a very good chance of being the first to stop him.”
Chavez jnr has certainly enjoyed working with Roach, who coaches Amir Khan among other world champions, and believes he will give him the edge.
“At first I thought to myself, ‘Could I really hack it with Freddie Roach? Could I make it?’ I did and I am a better fighter for it,” said the young Mexican.
“I am going to show everyone Saturday what being in great condition really means. Duddy is a good strong fighter, however.
“I expect a tough fight and I am sure Duddy will fight hard.”