News August 2007

Dunne Demolished by Martinez

Dunne - defeated last night

'Dublin's number one son' European super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne (24-1-14 KO) was dropped three times enroute to a first round by the big punching Kiko Martinez (16-0-13 KO),

After Dunne's dramatic entrance to whoops and clapping the Dublin faithful were left shocked after their man was sent reeling to the canvas after only moments in the first round by a great 1-2 combination by Martinez.

After getting to his feet Dunne tried to convince the referee Terry O’Conner, that it wasn't actually a legitimate knock down and that it was a push, but this plea fell on deaf ears as Dunne was given the count.

Kiko Martinez

Martinez then jumped onto Dunne with overhand left and right punches before putting him down for a second time. Dunne was shaken badly and dazed, again trying to convince the referee he was bundled - but now it was clearly apparent Dunne was in deep water.

No sooner had the ref started the round again, Kiko leaped into range of Dunne, landing looping shots at Dunne who was trapped on the ropes and endeavouring to fight back with jabs and attempting to hold on, but the bull strong Spaniard landed two or three hard shots around the temple area and Dunne sagged to the feet of Terry O'Connor whom had stepped in the save Dunne.

It would appear that Dunne was 'caught cold' - but Kiko was a legit contender and upon closer inspection his power was seemingly underestimated by the Dubliner.

Kiko has 38 stoppage wins from 40 amateur fights and had stopped all but 3 of his professional career.

At ringside it also made public that members of Kiko's team had betted thousands of pounds on a round 1 stoppage at odds of 66-1 !

Elsewhere Brian Magee's challenge of Tony Oakey's British light heavyweight crown ended in a majority draw decision in a fight that some thought Magee had not done enough in.

This maybe gives Brian a career extension as many predicted if Brian lost tonight, then it would be curtains on his career.

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