World shot will be Dunne deal

WITH a shot at one of the four world titles inside the next 12 months as the target, Bernard Dunne will continue his rehabilitation before the home crowd at the National Stadium on July 12 against an opponent yet to be named.

The former European super-bantamweight champion proved that his loss to Kiko Martinez last August was little more than a blot on his card when he won every round against former world champion Felix Machado in Castlebar in March.

But since Martinez lost the title to Leicester’s unrated Rendall Monroe, that introduces new scenarios.

“Look, we have other options,” insisted manager/promoter, Brian Peters yesterday. “Obviously if that fight (Monroe) comes along we will be happy to take it but we are not going to wait around.

“I’ve spoken to his promoter Frank Maloney and they’re not keen on coming to Ireland to fight Bernard. That being the case, we need to look at other options and the most obvious one is to go for the world title. Give Bernard another couple of fights, get him up the ratings and by this time next year we would hope to see him fighting for a world title.”

While he enjoyed his brief reign as European champion, a world title shot is what he really wants.

“There are a lot of good guys out there,” he said. “Israel Vazquez (WBC), Celestino Caballero (WBA), Steve Molitor (IBF) and Daniel Ponce De Leon (WBO) are all very good world champions and I would love to fight any of them. This is one of the strongest divisions in boxing.”

Meanwhile on the same bill Matthew Macklin will be anxious to build on his impressive win over former world champion Yori Boy Campas when he meets Willie “The Gladiator” Gibbs. The Philadelphia boxer, a cousin of Bernard Hopkins, has compiled a professional record of 20 wins and three losses.

Also on the bill at the Stadium on July 12 will be Andrew Murray, Oisín Fagan, Dublin cruiserweight Ian Timms and Keith Cresham from Ballinrobe, along with Darren Corbett.

On the same night at the National Basketball Arena Tommy Egan has also put an excellent card together.

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