Sunday August 9, 2020

Robert De Niro’s waiting

John Duddy’s story of the Irish slugger fighting in New York is a throwback to an earlier age. Now acting alongside Robert De Niro in an upcoming film, the Derry-born boxer is bringing back the idea of the ‘American Dream’, Words: Niall Stanage in Ne

8th February, 2015
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John Duddy: ‘I had a trade. And it was a trade that happened to be televised. Everyone saw it’ Picture: Kim Haughton

‘I’m in a bloody movie with Robert De Niro.” Many actors have spent long careers waiting in vain to be able to say a sentence like that – even if they might not phrase it quite so bluntly. The acting dream has come true for a former boxer from Derry, John Duddy.

He was a legitimate contender as a fighter, compiling a record of 29 victories and two defeats, and fighting...

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