Newly crowned WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Bernard Dunne has been named the boxer of the month for March by the World Boxing Association.
The Dubliner was awarded the accolade after his sensational title winning performance against Ricardo Cordoba at The O2 in Dublin last month.
Their six knockdown back and forth battle is already being put forward as a candidate for fight of the year on both sides of the Atlantic with Dunne who was a heavy betting underdog, emerging victorious with an eleventh round stoppage of the defending champion.
The news of the award came at the end of week that saw the new World Champion invited to Aras an Uachtaráin to meet with Irish President Mary McAleese at her official residence.
The President had extended the invitation to Dunne in a phone call to congratulate him on the night of the fight. President McAleese extended her congratulations to Bernard saying: ‘Bernard Dunne showed courage, skill and determination in winning like a true champion.
‘This is a wonderful night for him and his family – one in which all of us can share.’