Bernard Dunne’s pride was the only thing hurting this morning following the loss of his WBA Super Bantamweight title to Thai whirlwind Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym at the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night on Saturday at The O2 in Dublin.
As a precautionary measure, Dunne was taken to Beaumont Hospital following the third round defeat but was released with a clean bill of health less than an hour later.
Promoter Brian Peters believes that the popular Dubliner will bounce back from the defeat. “Thankfully, Bernard is fine,” revealed Peters. “His pride is wounded because he was so desperate to give the country a lift.
"We want to thank everyone for their support again last night. It means an awful lot to Bernard and the rest of the team and Bernard wanted to give them another great night.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, Poonsawat was just too strong but I’ve no doubt that he will bounce back from this. After the Kiko Martinez defeat, there wasn’t too many predicting that Bernard would go on to win a world title but he did just that and he can come back from this setback as well.”
Peters said that no snap decision will be made regarding Dunne’s future. “Obviously we’re all very disappointed right now but once the dust settles we’ll look at our options and see what direction we go from here.
"There are no excuses, Bernard was beaten by a great, great fighter last night and I’m sure that Poonsawat will enjoy a long and successful reign and we wish him all the very best for the future.”