Bernard Dunne <bernarddunne8>
|Bernard Dunne Himself||9/27/09|
|Dunne began his professional boxing career in December 2001 in the United States, winning his first fight in Feather Falls Casino in Oroville, California. In LA, Bernard trained under the world-renowned boxing coach Freddie Roach in the Wild Card Boxing Gym, training with many champions including Manny Pacquiao. Dunne won his first fourteen bouts in the United States before returning to Dublin under manager Brian Peters. Peters negotiated a deal with Irish public broadcaster RT� whereby Dunne's fights in Dublin would be shown live on national television. It was the first such deal for an Irish boxer.|
Dunne won the lowly regarded IBC super bantamweight title by beating Sean Hughes in the National Stadium in Dublin. Dunne won the European Super bantamweight title on 11 November 2006 beating Esham Pickering on points in his home town of Dublin. In March 2007 he defended the title by technical knock-out over Yersin Jailauov in the third round, in a mandatory EBU title defense. He followed that streak in June 2007, when he defended his EBU title, defeating Walstad Reider by unanimous decision.
On 25 August 2007, Dunne was defeated by Kiko Martinez. The referee stopped the fight in the 1st round before many of the spectators had found their seats - Dunne having been knocked down twice in that time - causing Dunne to lose the European super bantamweight title. Dunne has a sponsorship deal with Irish crisp company, Hunky Dorys.Dunne had next been scheduled to fight Marcos Jimenez 13-1 (8 KO) of the Dominican Republic at the National Stadium on 12 July 2008. However, his opponent pulled out of the fight. His replacement was Damian David Marchiano 15-4-1 (5 KO) of Argentina. Marchiano came into the bout on the back of an unsuccessful attempt at taking Silence Mabuza's IBO Bantamweight title. Dunne won the 10 round bout on points.
On 21 March 2009 Dunne faced off against WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Ricardo Cordoba in the O2 Arena, Dublin. This was the first world boxing championship fight in Dublin for 13 years. Dunne went on to win in a thrilling fight knocking Cordoba out in the 11th round marking the end to a historic day for Irish sports as the international rugby team had won a Six Nations Grand Slam earlier in the day. Jimmy Magee pointed out that 61 years ago Ireland won a Six Nations Grand Slam and a Boxing World Title on the same day. On the 10 April 2009 Dunne was crowned boxer of the month for March by the World Boxing Association.
In May 2009, Dunne was offered �200,000 by promoter Frank Maloney to defend his world title against Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight holder Rendall Munroe, but no fight was arranged. On 20 August 2009, it was confirmed that Dunne would make the first defence of his World title at The O2, Dublin on 26 September 2009 against the number one rated contender Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym. Dunne subsequently lost his belt to Poonsawat by way of the WBA three knockdown rule in the third round of the fight.
Real name Bernard Dunne
Nickname(s) The Dublin Dynamo
Rated at Super Bantamweight
Nationality Flag of Ireland Irish
Birth date 6 February 1980 (1980-02-06) (age 29)
Birth place Neilstown, Dublin, Ireland
Total fights 30
Wins by KO 15
No contests 0