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Bernard Dunne: Ormond could become the new darling of Dublin

DUBLIN could have a new boxing hero to get behind claims the last fight favourite of the capital Bernard Dunne.

The former World champion was ringside as Ormond laid down a lightweight marker stoppingĀ Karim El Ouazghari in style on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s impressive World title eliminator victory last Friday night.

And the fighter, who sold out The Point Theatre on a number of occasions and was the boxing darling of Dublin before he retired, believes such an impressive display could excite fight Dub fight fans once again.

Dunne had previously stated Ormond was the man fill the fight void left in the Capital by his retirement, but his fellow Clondalkin native was forced to travel to progress his career.

Now having claimed the WBO lightweight belt with a win over Derry Matthews live on BoxNation and following it up with an eye catching stoppage of former John Murray and Kevin Mitchell foe, Dunne believes the timing is right for Ormond to bring big time boxing back to Dublin.

“Ormond was trying to make a statement and he is trying to headline bills and with a performance like that maybe Dublin has a new boy to start cheering on. I think he has fantastic talent and he can start to headline bills. With the right support and if people get behind him he can bring boxing back to Dublin,” said Dunne.

“He really is(on track for a big night in Dublin).In previous fights he has looked good and entertained, fast hands loads of shots, but with no real power or conviction in the shots, but tonight he looked to hurt his opponent from the first bell.”

Dunne, a former super bantamweight WBA world champ, was also impressed with the improvements made by Ormond, who trained in the same St Matthews amatuer gym as himself.

“I think he was fantastic. I think with the Derry Matthews fight where it was a fantastic win he did waste a lot of shots. He has a fantastic engine and he can punch from the first round to the last round, but in this fight he slowed himself down, picked his shots and he looked to trying to get more power into his shots. It was a brilliant finish,” Dunne said on BoxNation.


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