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John Duddy to get title tilt ...with or without Lee

By David Kelly

John Duddy will be back on track for a shot at the world middleweight title, with or without big rival Andy Lee.

World top 10-ranked Lee and Duddy seemed to be on course for a showdown in New York in February, which would have paved the way for the winner to fight for the world title, but the Ulsterman's manager Craig Hamilton is running out of patience.

In what amounts to a cry of ‘Show me the money', Hamilton says a deal could still happen for one of the biggest all-Irish clashes in recent years but only if Lee's manager Emanuel Steward comes up with the right package.

“Manny has been talking about the fight but I haven't had a proper offer. We have said that we are interested in the fight, it would be a big fight for Ireland, but as yet he hasn't got a promoter nailed down,” said Hamilton.

“Andy Lee needs John Duddy a lot more than John needs him because John means a lot more in America and particularly in New York. He's a much more marketable fighter.

“We did have an offer from Brian Peters to put the fight on but he wanted the winner to fight Matthew Macklin and I couldn't agree to having John tied into that,” he added.

Lee's manager Steward said: “A fight with Duddy would be a huge attraction, there's not too many bigger middleweight fights out there. It's a natural fight.”

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