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JOHN DUDDY'S world title dreams lie in tatters after a nightmare performance against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr yesterday.

The undefeated Mexican dominated a brave Duddy from start to finish and was value for his 120-108, 117-111, 116-112 unanimous points decision at the Alamodome in Texas.

Chavez rose to the occasion and proved his doubters wrong by fighting with power and purpose to win the WBC silver strap after an entertaining brawl played out in front a partisan 20,000 crowd.

Indeed, so impressive was the Freddie Roach-trained middleweight that he looked close to stopping the all-action Derryman in the latter rounds.

Chavez now looks set to fight Miguel Cotto for the world crown at Duddy's expense.

In fairness to New York-based Duddy, his bravery kept him coming forward until the final bell.

He also stunned his rival with a sharp right in the sixth round but the fact the Irish star's courage and sturdy chin were his most impressive assets on the night just proves the Mexican's dominance.

That display of pure guts and heart may not have won Duudy the fight but did win him plenty of admirers, not least his opponent.

"John is the toughest fighter I've faced so far," Chavez Jr said. "He kept the pressure on and really pushed me further than I've ever been pushed in my career.

"But I knew coming in that he was going to be a challenging opponent. I am very happy to walk away with the victory.

"In the first three rounds I wanted to see what he had but then I went forward too and worked. I wanted to show everyone what I had.

"In the sixth round he hit me good but I survived and that shows I can take a punch. John Duddy is a great fighter and showed all his heart.

"But I hope everyone finally believes in me now. One day I am going to be the world champion."

Duddy had promised Chavez the fight of his life and the fans a spectacle prior to the bout and it seems he delivered on both counts.

However, that will prove little consolation for him as defeat ensures his world title aspirations remain just that.

He said: "I thought it was very good fight. I came to do whatever I can do but it wasn't enough on the night.

"I know he's known as Chavez Junior but after tonight he is just Cesar Chavez in my eyes.

"I knew I hurt him in the sixth but I couldn't finish him off, he is a very good kid. Chavez's fans should know that they have a future world champion on their hands."

The what next questions that proceed boxing defeats have already surfaced.

With all world title routes seemingly blocked there are suggestions of a return to Ireland but Top Rank boss Bob Arum is keen to keep the ticket seller in the United States.

Arum now wants Duddy to take on former WBA world champion Yuri Foreman.

He said: "As soon as John has a rest and as soon as Yori Foreman's knee heals we are going to sell out Madison Square Garden."


BACK TO EARTH John Duddy was out-classed by Julio Cesar Chavez jnr, inset
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2010

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