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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by diving headlong into the controversy over the scoring of this past Saturday's middleweight title fight at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, between the champion Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs) and Cory Spinks (36-4, 11 KOs), who is the IBF 154-pound champion. While this tedious fight may have been dreadful to watch, Taylor won by a split decision. Many observers, however, believe that Spinks, despite being the lighter-hitting fighter, was more active, quicker, and better defensively than Taylor, and actually deserved the verdict.
This past Friday night, May 18, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, middleweight "Ireland's" John Duddy upped his record to 20-0 (15) by taking a clear-cut ten-round unanimous decision over journeyman Dupre Strickland (18-2-1, 7 KOs). In doing so, however, Duddy did not provide the electric performance which he has given his growing number of fans in numerous previous fights. He won, but there were few fireworks.
Right after the fight, we spoke with both John Duddy and his trainer Harry Keitt to get their evaluations of this outing. We also spoke with promoter Eddie McLoughlin of Irish Ropes, which put on this card, about how he thought the event as a whole turned out. And we spoke with two of boxing's rising stars who each scored victories on the undercard, middleweight Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (12-0, 11 KOs) and junior bantamweight Eileen Olszewski (3-0, 0 KOs), about their fights and what lies ahead for them.
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