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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 November 2006, 01:09 GMT
Superb Dunne outclasses Pickering
Bernard Dunne
Dunne took his unbeaten record to 22 fights with a superb display
Irishman Bernard Dunne won a unanimous points victory over England's Esham Pickering in Dublin to claim the European super bantamweight title.

Dunne, 26, outboxed the former European champion, leaving his face bloodied to win 117-111, 117-111, and 115-113.

He could now face IBF world champion Steve Molitor after an impressive display in front of a vociferous crowd.

"Having shown people what I can do, now hopefully I can go on and fight for a world title in Dublin," Dunne said.

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"Christmas has come early for me, and I want to thank the crowd - they did it for me."

The Irish fighter quickly landed sharp blows to the body and head and left his opponent staggering with two rights in the second.

By the end of the third 30-year-old Pickering was bleeding profusely from his nose as Dunne found the target with regularity.

The Sheffield-based man was left frustrated by Dunne's speed and accuracy but he finally had some success in the eighth and ninth rounds.

Just when it seemed he was mounting a comeback, Dunne moved up a gear to dominate the remaining three rounds and take his unbeaten record to 22 fights.



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