Bernard Dunne's promoter Brian Peters has ruled out any All-Ireland world title fight between the WBA super bantamweight champion and former world champion Wayne McCullough in the near future.
The Pocket Rocket sent Dunne an open letter yesterday, asking the Dubliner to fight him. Today, Brian Peters addressed the possibility of the two famous Irish boxers meeting in the squared circle.
“ Wayne’s a good friend and he’s been a great servant to Irish boxing as well as a great world champion,” said the promoter. “However, he hasn’t won a fight since 2004, so he really would need to put together a few good wins, including a win over a ranked contender before it could be considered a viable fight.”
Dunne will take a vacation and them mull over his options for the first defence of his title. Peters, who invested over one million euros in last weekend's event, has not ruled out any of the major fighters in the super bantamweight division.
“As I said after the fight the world is his oyster and there are all kinds of avenues open to us now. It’s a case of taking our time and working out what the best move is but we certainly won’t rush into anything.”
“Obviously now that Bernard’s become a World Champion he’s in a very strong position. The dream fight would be a big Las Vegas showdown with Israel Vazquez. He’s currently sidelined with a few long term injuries but is considered one of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport.
“It’s a clash Bernard would relish as he sparred Vazquez day in, day out as a young pro when he was out in Los Angeles, and I think those sparring sessions proved to a lot of people that Bernard had what it takes to reach the very top of the sport.
“You also have guys like Celestino Caballero calling Bernard out. He says he’d be willing to come to Ireland, so right now there are a lot of options to consider, including the possibility of a voluntary defence for Bernard at home in Dublin.”