The wildly popular John Duddy of Ireland will take on Matt Vanda and undefeated Anthony Peterson faces Edna Cherry on Top Rank’s Cotto–Pavlik PPV event on Saturday, Feb. 21. Bob Arum made the announcement today. Duddy vs. Vanda and Peterson vs. Cherry will be at Madison Square Garden where Cotto will fight for the world welterweight championship against Michael Jennings. On the same PPV, Kelly Pavlik will defend his world middleweight crown against challenger Marco Antonio Rubio at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. “I am excited, as is everyone at Top Rank, about this championship night of boxing in two locations — Madison Square Garden in New York City and at Kelly’s hometown in Youngstown,” said Arum.
Duddy is a huge attraction in New York City. He will be taking on Vanda who is coming off two 12-round battles against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Peterson, trained by Barry Hunter, is an undefeated world-ranked lightweight who will go into his biggest fight against Cherry.
Arum also announced that the fight card at Madison Square Garden will also include:
Russian Olympian Matt Korobov, a middleweight who strikes with extreme power, will be in a four-round bout. Korobov is 3-0, 3 KOs. He is managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Dan Birmingham. Arum said Korobov “is one of our biggest signings in years.” Korobov last weekend fought at the sold-out STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Korobov’s bout at MSG will be video-taped for the PPV show.
Maureen ‘Moe’ Shea, born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., is a 13-0 lightweight. She was raised by her Irish father and her mother of Mexican heritage. Maureen spent much of her youth growing up in the Bronx and in the Guadalajara area in Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish. Maureen was Hilary Swank’s main sparring partner when she prepared for the award-winning Million Dollar Baby movie. Away from the ring Maureen is a senior at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. pursuing a BA in English and with a minor in speech.