04 November 2008 – By Cormac Campbell
Irish boxing star Bernard Dunne has hailed the up and coming boxers of Ireland following their successes at the Olympics and World Youth Championships.
The Dubliner, who returns to the ring in Mayo on November 15 against Cristian Faccio told irish-boxing.com that success breeds success.
Its great, between the amateur game and the pro game boxing has never been so good in this country, he said.
We have Andy Lee and John Duddy who are great ambassadors for us globally. Youve Kenny Egan and the lads who did so well at the Olympics and now it is working its way down, inspiring younger lads. For four lads to win medals in Mexico was fantastic we came third overall in the medal tally its phenomenal, it really is. It shows the talent in this country.
Winning gold was Ray Moylett, silver Jamie Kavanagh and bronze Tommy McCarthy and David Joe Joyce. Dunne, a former amateur standout, believes that this growing global success will ensure that Irish boxers get fair treatment at major international events.
The more success we have the more respected we will be and we wont be getting bad decisions because we are a small country. The public is loving it as well. You look at the viewing figures for our shows here and the Olympics and the public are thriving on it. We want the kids to be able to showcase themselves on TV, to be getting publicity and sponsorship deals.