Dunne has Vazquez on radar

BERNARD DUNNE has yet to address the challenge of the No 1 contender to his WBA super bantamweight crown, Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym, but his promoter Brian Peters is already planning the Dubliner’s future ahead of that fight.

Dunne returns to the O2 on September 26 to defend the title he plundered from Panamanian, Ricardo Cordoba, at the same venue six months ago.

Despite the fact that the Thai fighter is determined to disrupt the plans, Peters is already busily lining up Dunne’s next fight. That’s a potential megafight with Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez early next year.

Peters said: “Poonsawat carries knockout power. He’s only lost once in 39 fights and had almost as many knockouts as Bernard’s had fights.

“The bookies see it as a real 50-50 fight and it promises to be even tougher than the Cordoba fight. If you look at the Ring magazine ratings they have Poonsawat listed at No 3 and Bernard at No 6 so although Bernard might be the champion, a lot of people clearly think Poonsawat is better.

“In many respects beating Poonsawat would even top the win over Cordoba. That’s the challenge Bernard relishes.”

While Dunne is putting his body through a punishing training camp in Belfast, Peters has one eye on a fight with Vazquez. “Vazquez is one of the sport’s great warriors,” Peters admitted. “He’s a Mexican legend and his trilogy with Rafael Marquez will go down in history as one of the great boxing rivalries. However Bernard sparred countless rounds with him when he trained with Freddie Roach in LA. He knows him inside out and would jump at the chance of a fight with him.”

Vazquez confirmed his interest in a match-up with Dunne to Boxing News. “I hope Bernard keeps winning, I have nothing but respect for him,” revealed Vazquez. “He’s a friend of mine but sometimes in the boxing world you have to fight your friends. If Bernard wouldn’t mind moving up to featherweight to face me, then I would have no problem fighting in Ireland.”

The undercard for the Dunne fight will see unbeaten Cavan star Andy Murray defend his EU lightweight title against former Italian champ, Pasquale Di Silvio, in the chief support contest.


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