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03/18/2009 Entry: "Dunne Looks forward to Making Irish Boxing History!"

Dunne Looks forward to Making Irish Boxing History!
Andy Lee brings hard-hitting garden party to undercard

Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Monday, March 16, 2009 - Dublin’s O2 Arena plays host to a historic night of Irish Boxing on Saturday, March 21, highlighted by the first world title fight on Irish soil in over a decade.

The card, Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night, will be distributed in North America by Setanta Premium PPV, and can be seen at participating establishments.

In the main event, Dubliner Bernard Dunne challenges WBA Super Bantamweight champion Ricardo Cordoba, from Colombia, and looks to become the first Irishman to strap a world title around his waist on native soil since Wayne McCullough defended his WBC Bantamweight crown on St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, in 1996.

All the action gets underway for North American fight fans at 5 PM Eastern.

Dunne (27-1, 14 KO’s) will try to ride what should be overwhelming local support, and cap-off a day that could go down in the annals of Irish sport, with the National Rugby side trying to win the Grand Slam for the first time since 1948.

In the evening’s co-feature, heralded middleweight prospect Andy Lee (16-1, 13 KO’s) will be looking to make a triumphant homecoming. One of Ireland’s true ring talents, Lee is a last minute addition to the show after seeing his headlining fight set for March 16 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, fall victim to a lackluster Manhattan economy.

Lee will take on German Alex Sipos (19-5-2, 9 KO’s) in a fight that shapes up as a real test for the ballyhooed Irish contender.

The two men are already familiar with each other, having sparred at a Wladimir Klitschko training camp in Austria last year. The legendary Emmanuel Steward, Lee’s trainer, was so impressed with Sipos during those sessions that he invited the German to train at his famous Kronk Gym in Detroit.

Aside from Cordoba-Dunne, and Lee-Sipos, undefeated Andy Murray will battle for the vacant EBU EU Lightweight crown against an opponent yet to be named, capping off what promises to be a night to remember.

For a list of establishments that will be featuring this can’t-miss night at the fights, log on to

Setanta Sports operates the only dedicated international sports channel in America. In 2008, the 24-hour TV network aired more than 1,000 live events, including European and international soccer, such as the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, World Cup Qualifiers and the Carling Cup, plus world-class rugby and other sports programming designed to meet the growing demands of international sports fans.

Setanta Sports is owned by Dublin-based Setanta Sports Holdings, a leading international pay television broadcaster in the UK, providing top sports leagues and events to more than 100 million digital television homes globally and to commercial venues in six countries.

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