Thursday 5 December 2019

Dunne: Dubs role doesn't impact IABA job


Bernard Dunne. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO
Bernard Dunne. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Cathal Dennehy

Bernard Dunne insists his involvement with the Dublin footballers is not detracting in any way from his role as high-performance director for the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA).

After more than four years with Jim Gavin's backroom team, the former WBA super bantamweight champion said in April 2017 that he was stepping away from his Dublin duties after being appointed high-performance director with the IABA. However, he was again a key component in Gavin's backroom set-up as the Dubs completed the drive for five.

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Asked when he resumed working with the Dubs, Dunne said: "I have no idea, to be honest. I'm seven years with them at this stage."

His official title with Dublin is performance and lifestyle coach but Dunne said it's a wide-ranging role. "We all do whatever it takes to help," he said. "Whether that's carrying water or kicking balls out, we're all willing to do it."

Dunne said "no one has ever expressed" reservations about him juggling his full-time role in boxing with his work with Dublin: "It's a volunteer role and I give it my own spare time - I do have to switch off from work eventually. But boxing is first and foremost in everything I do."

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