15 September 2008 – by Mark Doyle
Brian Peters has claimed that he offered Rendall Munroe a career-best payday to fight Bernard Dunne but that it was rejected by the European super-bantamweight champions promoter, Frank Maloney.
Former champion Dunne has been angling for a shot at Munroe ever since the Englishman stripped Kiko Martinez of the belt in April.
However, a deal has yet to be reached and Maloney claimed on Thursday that Dunne was now off Munroes radar as the Dubliner and promoter Peters were unwilling to travel across the Irish Sea for the bout.
The fighters respective television deals were also said to be massive stumbling blocks.
Peters, though, insists that the bout could have gone ahead in Ireland if only Maloney had accepted his invite.
Id like to thank Frank for his offer,” Peters began, referring to Maloneys proposed bout between the pair in England.
“However, he neglected to mention that the offer I made to him for Rendall to defend against Bernard was more than double their offer and would have been easily the biggest payday of Munroes career.
So, by Frank’s rationale, I’m sure he’d admit that the offer he rejected, was very, very, substantial.
Clearly they are not as confident of beating Bernard as they would like people to think – but if they want to use Bernards name to get some publicity then thats ok, too.
Our offer stands, by the way, and should Frank wish to take it up he can give me a call.
Either way, I wish Rendall nothing but the best in his career. I hope the kind of offers that his team are rejecting come around again for him in the future.
Peters also claims that he is well on the way to securing a world title shot for Dunne should the Munroe bout fail to materialise.
There are plenty of other options on the table for Bernard, he revealed.
Hes already been European champion and to fight for a world title has always been the ultimate aim and thats what were building to at the moment.