Scott Shaffer @ ringside
John Duddy saw his nine-bout knockout streak end but he remained undefeated, sweeping the official scorecards 80-72 against Patrick Thompson. Now 10-0, Duddy is one of the top draws in the New York area among up-and-comers. He made a ring entrance and exit accompanied by bagpipers, which provided as much drama as his win over Thompson, 9-5-1.
New Top Rank signee Juan Manuel Lopez knocked down Eric Nemo in the second round and battered him around the ring until referee Benji Estevez finally stopped the bout. Lopez, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, is now 3-0, while Nemo, 5-1-1, suffers his first pro loss.
New Jersey light heavyweight Wayne Johnson brought a large contingent of fans who were easily identifiable by the House Of Wayne t-shirts. They had the mostly empty Garden rocking just a few minutes after the doors opened at 7 p.m. Johnson didn't dissapoint them, decisioning James Sundin by scores of 40-35 (twice) and 40-36. Johnson is now 8-0, while Sundin drops to 6-2.
Danny McDermott won a four-round lightweight bout over Alex Matos by three scores of 39-37. McDermott is now 2-0, while
Matos dropped his pro debut.
Puerto Rican heavyweight Victor Bisbal won the third straight bout of his career when Victor James pulled a no mas, quitting in the second round.
In a womens junior welterweight bout, Agnieszka Rylik outpointed Tawnyah Freeman to improve to 17-1. Rylik defeated Freeman, 4-2, by official scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55.