16 November 2008 – by Mark Doyle
Bernard Dunne admitted that he was disappointed that his bout with Cristian Faccio in Mayo on Saturday night was brought to a premature end.
Dunne was awarded a points win after the ringside doctor decided that the former European super-bantamweight champion could not continue due to the severity of the cut he sustained during an accidental clash of heads in the seventh round.
Unsurprisingly, Dunne, who was boxing beautifully up until that point, was disappointed that he did not get the chance to finish the job.
Im disgusted it was stopped. Hes a good kid, very brave. He was a hell of a fighter and I was enjoying it, he told RTE after the bout.
One thing I was aware of from the start that I had to stay away from this guy and box, and not trade on the inside because I knew there was a chance of a clash of heads, which I just did not want to happen.
But then it did and Im disgusted because I was feeling good, I was feeling strong. We knew that he was going to be tough and he caught me a couple of times but he didnt hurt me and wasnt really calling me any problems.
When I did get cut I just took it easy for that round and when I got back to the corner I thought, the lads will be able to do something with it, but obviously not.
A wins a win and I prepared hard for this fight and I felt very good. I was putting pressure on him all the time and catching him with some good shots and good combinations.
I wanted to win convincingly and I did that, but not in the manner I would have wanted.
I probably should have stuck him away early on, in fairness, but I was in control and I have to be happy with the win, I suppose.