Bernard Dunne

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Bernard Dunne
Bernard dunne.jpg
Real nameBernard Dunne
Nickname(s)The Dublin Dynamo
Weight(s)Super Bantamweight
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Born (1980-02-06) 6 February 1980 (age 42)
Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland
Boxing record
Total fights30
Wins by KO15
No contests0

Bernard Dunne (born 6 February 1980) is an Irish former professional boxer and a former WBA (Regular), and European Super Bantamweight champion.[1]

On Saturday 21 March 2009, Dunne defeated Ricardo Cordoba in the 11th round to become the WBA (Regular) super bantamweight champion in a fight that won ESPN's 2009 Fight of The Year with 6 knockdowns occurring in the fight between the two fighters (4 for Dunne and 2 for Cordoba).[2] Dunne lost his title on 26 September 2009 in the 02 Dublin. Dunne retired on 19 February 2010.[3]

In November 2009, Irish publishers Liberties Press released the first biography of Dunne. Entitled Bernard Dunne: The Ecstasy and the Agony, it is an up-to-date account of Dunne's beginnings until his defeat to Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym.[4] In 2012, Dunne was an analyst on the 2012 Olympics boxing coverage on RTÉ Sport.

Amateur career[edit]

Dunne was born in Neilstown, Clondalkin, County Dublin. He boxed at amateur level for Ireland where he had a record of 119–11, captured 13 Irish titles but did not qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Dunne celebrates in Dublin

Dunne began his professional boxing career in December 2001 in the United States, winning his first fight in Feather Falls Casino in Oroville, California. In LA, Bernard trained under the world-renowned boxing coach Freddie Roach in the Wild Card Boxing Gym, training with many champions including Manny Pacquiao. Dunne won his first fourteen bouts in the United States before returning to Dublin under manager Brian Peters. Peters negotiated a deal with Irish public broadcaster RTÉ whereby Dunne's fights in Dublin would be shown live on national television. It was the first such deal for an Irish boxer.[1]

Dunne won the lowly regarded IBC super bantamweight title by beating Sean Hughes in the National Stadium in Dublin. Dunne won the European Super bantamweight title on 11 November 2006 beating Esham Pickering on points in his home town of Dublin. In March 2007 he defended the title by technical knock-out over Yersin Jailauov in the third round, in a mandatory EBU title defence. He followed that streak in June 2007, when he defended his EBU title, defeating Walstad Reider by unanimous decision.

The EBU made Kiko Martínez the mandatory challenger for Dunne's European super bantamweight title. Martinez and Dunne clashed on 25 August 2007 at the Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. This was Martinez's first fight outside of Spain. On the night of the fight the Point Depot filled with expectant Irish boxing fans and the fight was beamed live on RTÉ, the Irish national television broadcaster. The fight started with Dunne keeping his guard low and circling Martinez. However, Martinez quickly had Dunne on the canvas with an overhand right. Dunne appeared stunned and unaware of what had happened. Dunne beat the count but was floored twice more before the referee stopped the fight within only 90 seconds of round one. The Martinez camp stated that they knew there would be a first round victory and that many of them had placed bets worth thousands of pounds with Irish bookmakers at odds of 66/1 that Martinez would win in the first round.

Dunne had next been scheduled to fight Marcos Jiménez 13–1 (8 KO) of the Dominican Republic at the National Stadium on 12 July 2008. However, his opponent pulled out of the fight. His replacement was Damian David Marchiano 15–4–1 (5 KO) of Argentina. Marchiano came into the bout on the back of an unsuccessful attempt at taking Silence Mabuza's IBO Bantamweight title. Dunne won the 10 round bout on points.

On 21 March 2009 Dunne faced off against Panamanian WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Ricardo Cordoba in the O2 Arena, Dublin. This was the first world boxing championship fight in Dublin for 13 years and would win ESPN's Fight of the Year. Dunne went on to win in a thrilling fight knocking Cordoba out in the 11th round marking the end to a historic day for Irish sports as the international rugby team had won a Six Nations Grand Slam earlier in the day. Jimmy Magee pointed out that 61 years previously Ireland won a Six Nations Grand Slam and a Boxing World Title on the same day.[5] On 10 April 2009 Dunne was crowned boxer of the month for March by the World Boxing Association. [6]

In May 2009, Dunne was offered £200,000 by promoter Frank Maloney to defend his world title against Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight holder Rendall Munroe, but Dunne said no.[7] On 20 August 2009, it was confirmed that Dunne would make the first defence of his World title at The O2 Arena, Dublin on 26 September 2009 against the number one rated contender Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym.[8] Dunne subsequently lost his belt to Poonsawat by way of the WBA three knockdown rule in the third round of the fight.[9]

In late January 2010 Dunne was named Boxer of the Year at the Irish National Boxing Awards. Three weeks later on 19 February he announced his retirement from the sport.[1][10][11]

International Championship Belts[edit]

Sanctioning Body and Weight Class Defeated Lost to Years
International Boxing Council Super Bantamweight Sean Hughes (boxer) United Kingdom (Vacant Title) (Vacated) 2005
European Boxing Union Super Bantamweight Reidar Walstad Norway (Vacant Title) Kiko Martinez Spain 2007
World Boxing Association Super Bantamweight Ricardo Cordoba Panama Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym Thailand 2009

Gaelic games involvement[edit]

Dunne worked with Davy Fitzgerald when Fitzgerald managed the Waterford county hurling team. Dunne was involved the Galway county hurling team's search for a new manager in 2021. When Fitzgerald's name was mentioned as a possibility, Dunne withdrew from the interview panel Galway had appointed to decide (the job was ultimately given to Henry Shefflin).[12][13]

Dunne worked with Jim Gavin as the senior Dublin county football team's performance and lifestyle coach from 2013 onwards, having previously worked alongside Gavin with the county under-21 team.[14] He left during the 2017 season.[15]

Dunne joined the Galway county football team in 2022.[16]


  1. ^ a b c Leonard Gunning. "Done and Dusted! A Tribute To Ireland's Bernard Dunne". Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Dunne wins world title in Dublin". BBC Sport. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Dunne announces retirement". RTÉ. 19 February 2010. Archived from the original on 22 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  4. ^ " - Bernard Dunne biography now available". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  5. ^ "Awesome Dunne lands world title". RTÉ Sport. 10 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Dunne is WBA Boxer of the Month". RTÉ Sport. 10 April 2009. Archived from the original on 13 April 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  7. ^ "Rendall chasing Dunne again". Sky Sports. 3 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  8. ^ "Thai opponent next up for Dunne". RTÉ Sport. 19 August 2009. Archived from the original on 29 September 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  9. ^ "Distraught Dunne denied by Poonsawat". RTÉ Sport. 27 September 2009. Archived from the original on 29 September 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  10. ^ "Dunne content as he calls time on remarkable career". Irish Times. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Boxing: Dunne and dusted". Irish Independent. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Friendship with Davy Fitz saw Bernard Dunne step away from Galway interview panel". Hogan Stand. 5 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Bernard Dunne stepped away from Galway interview panel due to friendship with Davy Fitz". 4 November 2021.
  14. ^ Cuddihy, Tony (2 January 2013). "Bernard Dunne joins Dublin's backroom team".
  15. ^ Watterson, Johnny (28 April 2017). "Bernard Dunne quits Dubs camp to focus on boxing role". The Irish Times.
  16. ^ Hogan, Vincent (25 June 2022). "Older, wiser Joyce in sight of where he wants to be". Irish Independent. p. 8–9 (Sport). To begin with, Joyce's back-room was anchored by two old school friends, John Divilly and John Concannon. But it has been stiffened since by Cian O'Neill's arrival last October and, more recently, that of former boxing world champion and Dublin performance coach Bernard Dunne.

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Preceded by WBA Super Bantamweight Champion
Regular Title

21 March 2009 – 26 September 2009
Succeeded by