27 March 2009 – By Mark Doyle
Frank Maloney has made a public offer of 150,000 to Bernard Dunne to defend his WBA super-bantamweight belt against Rendall Munroe.
Maloney and Munroe were at ringside for Dunnes epic title success over Ricardo Cordoba at The O2 in Dublin.
Dunnes promoter, Brian Peters, has already revealed that he hopes his fighters next outing will be a summer showdown with Israel Vazquez in Las Vegas.
Maloney is hoping, though, that Dunne will then be tempted to travel across The Irish Sea in the autumn to take on European champion Munroe.
“It is a natural fight and the money is there to stage the contest in England in September. There is 150,000 on the table for Bernard, he declared.
“I have spoken to Rendall and he would be willing to fight Dunne in his backyard if the title is on the line.
“When we were ringside in Dublin for Dunne’s title win against Ricardo Cordoba, Rendall kept pointing at Dunne and saying, ‘Get me him.’ “
Maloney did admit that he was impressed with Dunnes performance in his 11th-round stoppage win over Cordoba, a bout in which he had to twice pick himself up off the canvas in the fifth.
However, he has no doubt that Munroe has the beating of the Dubliner.
“I never gave Dunne a chance against Cordoba and everybody in Ireland should be extremely proud of his achievements, he said.
“It was a wonderful night and a great promotion on Saturday, but until Dunne fights Munroe he cannot even call himself the best 8st 10lb fighter in Britain and Ireland let alone the world.
“Dunne-Munroe will happen and wherever it takes place I am confident that Rendall will win inside the distance.”