On This Day: September 26th

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2009: Bernard Dunne lost his WBA super bantamweight title in his first defence against Thai tank Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym. Six months on from his sensational win over Ricardo Cordoba, Dunne was undone by the WBA #1 ranked contender, being downed thrice in the third to see the bout at the Point Depot waved off.

Dunne began on the outside in the first, boxing well. but would taste the power of the South East Asian in the second. The writing was on the wall as the third progressed into a close quarters battle and the Irish Rover couldn’t handle the massive punch of Kratingdaenggym, and saw the bout waved off under the WBA three knockdown rule.

Watch Bernard Dunne v Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym in full below

It would be Dunne’s final fight, and he would retire in February of the following year.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie