2 April 2010 – By Jonny Stapleton
John Duddy remains deliberately sceptical about his World title chances despite Top Rank boss Bob Arums claims that the Derry Destroyer is in pole position to take on WBO and WBC champion Kelly Pavilk.
Arum, who also stated Irish middleweights Andy Lee and Matthew Macklin were possible opponents for the American World champion, last week claimed he will pit Duddy against fellow cash cow Julio Chavez Junior this summer in a World title eliminator.
Duddy (29-1), who did reveal he is in talks with Chavez Jr (41-0) for a June bout, admits he has been down this road before and it lead to nowhere.
The all action New York based Irish star has been touted as a possible World title challenger since 2007 but despite coming close never saw a clash with Pavilk or any champion materialise.
A fact that ensures the former Irish amateur champion will not get excited until a contract is signed.
Kelly Pavilk is in my sights. I would like to fight for the title. I think he is still the main middleweight champion so thats a fight I want. I’ve achieved many things as a fighter, but I think fighting for one of the main world titles would be great especially for the fans. It is great to be linked to big fights, but I’ve been down this road before. There’s no fight until the agreement has been signed thats one thing I have learnt in boxing, Duddy explained before singing off the same hymn sheet when asked about Chavez Jnr.
There hasn’t been any agreement made, but talks are ongoing. I think it would be great if this fight can happen. I’m very interested in fighting Chavez and I believe the Chavez camp is interested in making the fight too. I think we’re close, but more issues have to be discussed. Hopefully it works out. This year certainly has the potential to be a great year for me. But if I got paid on potential I’d be very comfortable now. Boxing is a funny business.