Former world champion boxer Bernard Dunne earns master’s degree in Dublin four months after leaving IABA

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FORMER Irish boxer Bernard Dunne celebrated earning a Masters in Business Practice.

Dunne, 42, graduated from the Irish Management Institute alongside former RTÉ deputy director of sport Cliona O’Leary.

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Pat Ryan, left, Cliona O’Leary and Bernard Dunne after earning a Master of Business Practice from the Irish Management Institute

This is his second such degree since June.

The Dubliner, a former EBU, IBC and WBA super bantamweight champion, earned a Master of Science in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology from UL this summer.

He was among more than 700 students who attended the ceremony, the first since the pandemic for the Faculties of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Education and Health Sciences, and Science and Engineering.

That summer had also seen him sensationally step down as director of the IABA’s high performance unit.

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He had been on hiatus with the HPU since the Tokyo Olympics, in which Kellie Harrington won a gold medal.

The two bonded strongly on the Portland Row star’s route to Tokyo, with Harrington saying she wanted him to be part of her journey to Paris 2024.

And after Dunne’s exit, Harrington called for change at IABA.

She told SunSport: “I don’t really have a clue. I try not to get involved in any of this – of course come here – it’s been going on for years. It’s basically the same shit, a different day.

“I think this needs to be settled, once and for all, but what I feel is Bernard Dunne’s position – it’s such a shame now that Bernard left because he was absolutely FAN-tastic.

“He is needed there or someone is needed in that position so that the coaches can actually do their job and train the boxers.

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“There are three staff – so Bernard and there were two other staff on high performance – they left. So it’s just the coaches there. We need someone to play this role as soon as possible.

“I would like it to be Bernard, and I would like him to say he’s going to come back but I don’t think that’s going to happen. It’s just a shame because the only ones who suffer at the end of the day are boxers, and that’s the truth.”


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