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Narrow defeat for Dunne epic

BERNARD Dunne's stirring conquest of Ricardo Cordoba just missed out on being chosen as International Fight of the Year by British weekly, Boxing News.

It was edged into second spot by Juan Manuel Marquez's ninth round stoppage of Juan Diaz.

Eddie Hyland's ding-dong battle with fellow Dubliner Oisin Fagan, won by Hyland, made it into the Honourable Mentions section.

British Fight of the Year was Ryan Rhodes v Jamie Moore, the Lancashire lad with Irish roots. Sheffield's Rhodes overcame his opponent's strong start to win in the seventh round.

Runner-up was Belfastman Martin Rogan's 11th round stoppage of Matt Skelton to capture the Commonwealth heavyweight title. It was also fourth in the Upsets of the Year section.

Birmingham Irishman Matthew Macklin was fourth in the British Fighter of the Year category, with Carl Froch No1, David Haye No2 and Amir Khan No3.

Boxing News chose Manny Pacquiao as International Fighter of the Year and the Filipino's awesome straight left that stretched out Ricky Hatton as Punch of the Year.