Argentine Marchiano confirmed as Dunne next opponent

ARGENTINA’S Damian Marchiano has been confirmed as Bernard Dunne’s next opponent on the road to rehabilitation at the Hunky Dorys Fight Night in the National Stadium on July 12.

Their 10-round contest will headline a seven-fight card that also features two Irish title bouts. Marchiano is coming off an unsuccessful challenge in South Africa for Silence Mabuza’s IBO title.

“I know I must win this fight and I am confident that I can beat Dunne in his hometown,” said the 28-year-old from Buenos Aires. “We are working on a strategy for the fight and I think it will surprise Bernard.

“He has met someone as physically strong or courageous as me. I love to fight up close and I have a heart as strong as a lion.”

Promoter Brian Peters believes Dunne’s performance next month will tell a lot about the Dubliner’s world title aspirations. “Marchiano’s just coming off a defeat to Silence Mabuza who is considered one of the bigger punchers out there. He also extended Oscar De La Hoya’s big prospect Abner Mares the distance late last year so he should give us an indication of Bernard’s progress on the world stage.”

The undercard will feature Dublin’s Jim Rock in an historic bid to become a four-weight Irish champion when he clashes with Jonjo Finnegan for the Irish light heavyweight title. Irish light welterweight champion Andrew Murray will also look to add a second Irish title to his collection when he moves to lightweight to challenge Peter McDonagh.

One very interested observer to the McDonagh-Murray clash will be Dubliner Oisín Fagan who also fights on the card. Fagan is hoping to meet the winner later in the year but he’s not looking beyond his own bout.

The undercard also features the return of Belfast cruiserweight Darren Corbett after almost five years out, while former Irish amateur heavyweight champ, Ian Tims will look to extend his unbeaten pro record.

Eugene Heagney returns to the scene of his thrilling Irish title encounter with Belfast’s Colin Moffett last December.

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