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Bernard Dunne in Demand; Dunne Offered £150,000 To Face Munroe

Newly crowned WBA Super Bantamweight champ will celebrate the one week anniversary of his sensational World title triumph on “Tubridy Tonight” on RTÉ One this Saturday night (9:35pm). Dunne was a guest on the popular chat show last month and he promised to return with the WBA belt so he will fulfil that promise tomorrow night. Host Ryan Tubridy said, "We were all so delighted with Bernard's big win on Saturday night so I can't wait to get him back on the couch to talk about the match and what it's like to be a World Champion.."

Dunne has had a hectic schedule since his stunning eleventh round win over defending champ, Ricardo Cordoba at The O2 on last weekends Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night.

That busy week will continue tomorrow with Dunne and his new belt making an appearance at half time during the Ireland V Bulgaria World Cup soccer qualifier at Croke Park before heading for the Tubridy Tonight studios.

The Dubliner has been in huge demand by the media following his historic triumph and his fight of the year candidate with Cordoba has drawn interest from across the world. He will appear as the main guest on Hardcore Sports Pound-4-Pound Radio show across North America tomorrow alongside boxing legend Roy Jones Jnr. and former IBF super bantamweight champ, Steve Molitor.

Host Jason Abelson said, “It will be great to have both Bernard and Roy on to talk about their fights last weekend. Bernard’s fight with Cordoba was sensational, it had everything and it will be very interesting to get Bernard’s take on it.”

For those looking to listen on this side of the Atlantic Pound-4-Pound is streamed live on hardcoresportsradio.com from 5pm GMT on Saturday. Simply click on the "listen live" link.


Dunne Offered £150,000 To Face Munroe

FRANK MALONEY is willing to pay Bernard Dunne £150,000 (STERLING) if he agrees to defend his WBA super-bantamweight title against Rendall Munroe. The promoter would expect the Dubliner to defend his newly won title in England as he would be receiving a career best payday, but Maloney the European champion would be willing to travel across the Irish Sea. Maloney said: "It is a natural fight and the money is there to stage the contest in England in September. There is £150,000 on the table for Bernard.

"I have spoken to Rendall and he would be willing to fight Dunne in his backyard if the title is on the line.

"When we were ringside in Dublin for Dunne's title win against Ricardo Cordoba, Rendall kept pointing at Dunne and saying, 'Get me him.' "

The Leicester dustman has good reason to fancy his chances against Dunne when their paths eventually cross.

Dunne's only loss came when his suspect chin was exposed in 86 seconds by Kiko Martinez in August 2007.

Since then southpaw Munroe has defeated the Spaniard twice inside a year making a mockery of Martinez's supposed punching power.

Maloney added: "I never gave Dunne a chance against Cordoba and everybody in Ireland should be extremely proud of his achievements.

"It was a wonderful night and a great promotion on Saturday, but until Dunne fights Munroe he cannot even call himself the best 8st 10lb fighter in Britain and Ireland let alone the world.

"Dunne-Munroe will happen and wherever it takes place I am confident that Rendall will win inside the distance."

Article posted on 27.03.2009



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