Belfast Telegraph

Dunne one step from world title crack

By David Kelly

Promoter Brian Peters and coach Harry Hawkins are plotting a course towards a world title shot for Bernard Dunne.

Dunne’s world crashed in on him last year when he lost to Kiko Martinez in a round but since then he has had two comeback victories and Peters says he is now just one more impressive win away from a crack at the big one.

That fight will come on November 15 at the Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar with an opponent to be named shortly.

Peters said: "There's no doubt the defeat to Martinez upset the applecart and set us back about twelve months but Bernard has had two good wins since then that have put him back in the world ratings.

“He's now world ranked by the WBA, the WBC and the WBO so we're pretty much back on track in terms of positioning Bernard for a World title fight.

"We actually turned down a world title opportunity for Bernard earlier this year because we felt it had come too soon but if he can win impressively in Breaffy next month he'll be ready for anyone."

Belfast coach Hawkins is admant that Dunne is over the Martinez defeat and will be ready to shoot for world glory in 2009.

Hawkins said: “The old Bernard Dunne is back in the gym now and in his next fight he’s going to face a top ten fighter in the world and that will give him the chance to answer all the questions.

“What has pleased me is the way he has shown the mental strength to come back from such a defeat. I wouldn't have said that he was ready for a world title after his first fight back but after the second one I could really see the confidence coming back.

"Now with one more good win against someone in the top ten he'll certainly be ready for any of the world champions."

On the supporting bill in Mayo will be Lurgan welterweight prospect Stephen Haughian in an eight rounder.

Haughian’s coach and manager John Breen believes that he is closing in on a shot at the British champion Kell Brook.

Breen is hoping that Haughian can deliver a first rate performance to push him closer to an eliminator for a crack at Brook.

“Stephen is developing all the time and I would like to think that he is fighting for the British title in 2009,” said Breen.

Also on the Castlebar bill is former Irish senior champion Henry Coyle.

The Mayo man can’t wait to return home having had nine fights in the States, winning eight by stoppage.

"It's always been a dream of mine to fight as a pro in Ireland," said Coyle.

"To get a chance right here at home in Mayo is the icing on the cake.

“The last time I fought at home was for my very last amateur fight so it will be great to come back as a professional now."

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