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Divine Inspiration for Poonsawat ahead of Dunne Showdown; Unlucky Break for Murray

Thailand’s Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym is hopeful that a little divine inspiration will help him to rip the WBA World Super Bantamweight title from Bernard Dunne. Poonsawat arrived in Dublin at the weekend ahead of Saturday’s Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2 and the number one challenger is confident that he will be packing Dunne’s World title belt in to his suitcase for the return leg of his journey.

Poonsawat says he has left no stone unturned in preparation for the bout including changing his name on the advice of a Monk to bring him extra luck.. Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym may be his boxing name (in a tribute to his sponsor) but the 28-year-old’s real name is, or at least was Prakorb Udomna. However just like the legendary Middleweight Marvelous Marvin Hagler the Thai challenger has changed his name by deed poll for the sake of his boxing career.



The Sakon Nakhon native is now known as Chalermwong Udomna having sought the advice of a Buddhist monk in the run up to his contest with Dunne. ‘Chalermwong’ translates to ‘honour for family’ and the monk promised him that his new name would increase his chances of bringing the World title back to his family and an expectant public in Thailand.

"Hopefully it will give me an extra boost," explained the boxer in an interview with the Bangkok Post. "I know some people don't believe this kind of thing works but I think it may do."

Dunne would surely beg to differ but the man known as ‘Thailand’s Manny Pacquiao’ is bullish about his chances on Saturday night and has already predicted a knockout win inside 7 rounds. "I am confident my power will make the difference in this fight,” claimed Poonsawat. “Dunne has fast hands, and he is also very accurate, but his chin is suspect and I am looking to make the most of that.”



With 38 wins from his 39 pro fights Poonsawat is clearly a force to be reckoned with and he says that he wants to do for boxing in Thailand what Manny Pacquiao has done for the sport in the Philippines courtesy of his sensational wins over the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton. "Pacquiao is the best boxer in the sport at the moment and he has made his homeland famous," said Poonsawat. "I want to give Thailand a big name too and make fans realise that Asia doesn't just have Manny Pacquiao.

"However, I don't want to be known as Thailand's Manny Pacquiao. I want to be known as Poonsawat of Thailand. The fight with Dunne will be widely publicised so the world will know that Thailand produces good boxers. My dream is to make Thailand number one again."



Dunne V Poonsawat headlines the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at the O2 on Saturday, September 26th with 6 foot 9 inch unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury featuring on the undercard in a special attraction. An intriguing All-Irish affair will see undefeated duo Jamie Power (Limerick) and Michael Sweeney (Mayo) put their unbeaten records on the line against each other over 8 rounds at Light Heavyweight.



Reigning Irish Welterweight champion, Stephen Haughian will also feature as he takes on Estonia’s Albert Starikov while three Dublin favourites also take to the ring with current Irish and IBF International Featherweight champ Patrick Hyland, former Irish Lightweight champ Oisin Fagan and exciting Middleweight Anthony Fitzgerald featuring in separate bouts.

Tickets for the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night are priced from €50 and are available from Ticketmaster (phone 0818 719 300 or visit ticketmaster.ie). Tickets are also available from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.




Unlucky Break for Murray

A broken collarbone has cruelly denied unbeaten Cavan star Andy Murray a chance to shine on the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2 this Saturday. The reigning European Union Lightweight champ had been set to defend his title in the chief supporting bout to Bernard Dunne’s first defence of his WBA World Super Bantamweight title.

Dunne will look to see off the challenge of number one contender Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym from Thailand while Murray had been all set to defend his title against Italian Pasquale Di Silvio. However a broken collarbone has consigned a frustrated Murray to the sidelines for the next 6 weeks as he waits for the bone to heal.

“I’m gutted as it would have been a huge opportunity for me,” said the 27-year-old who has won all 16 of his pro fights to date. “Training had been going really well and as luck would have it the break happened in my last sparring session for the fight. I had hurt it a few days earlier but you always have aches and pains in training and you shrug them off. In the back of my mind I was a little bit worried about it but then during my last sparring session I actually heard the snap and I knew straight away it was broken.

“It’s quite painful at the moment but the doctors said that if it heals right I should be ready to start training again in 6 weeks so hopefully I won’t be out too long.”

Promoter Brian Peters believes it will only be a matter of time before Murray is back in title action. “It’s bitterly disappointing for Andy to miss out on Saturday because it would have been a big stage for him to show people what he’s capable of. I’m sure it won’t be too long before we see him back in the ring. He’s a tremendous talent and I believe he’s Irish boxing’s next big star. He’s already European Union Champ and I see no reason why he can’t get his hands on the full European title next year and push on from there.”

Bernard Dunne headlines the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at the O2 on Saturday, September 26th with 6 foot 9 inch unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury featuring on the undercard in a special attraction.

An intriguing All-Irish affair will see undefeated duo Jamie Power (Limerick) and Michael Sweeney (Mayo) put their unbeaten records on the line against each other over 8 rounds at Light Heavyweight.

Reigning Irish Welterweight champion, Stephen Haughian will also feature as he takes on Estonia’s Albert Starikov while three Dublin favourites also take to the ring with current Irish and IBF International Featherweight champ Patrick Hyland, former Irish Lightweight champ Oisin Fagan and exciting Middleweight Anthony Fitzgerald featuring in separate bouts.

Tickets for the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night are priced from €50 and are available from Ticketmaster (phone 0818 719 300 or visit ticketmaster.ie). Tickets are also available from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Article posted on 22.09.2009



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