THE opponent may have changed, so too the title up for grabs, but it will be business as usual for promising Victorian super-middleweight prospect Zac ‘Dynamo’ Dunn, who is in action tonight in a ten round regional title fight against South Korean Kyung-Suk Kwak.
Dunn, 23, is unbeaten in a professional career that has spanned for less than two years. Remarkably enough, the big-punching Dunn has compiled an impressive professional ledger, which currently reads at 12-0 (10 KOs).
“I started my professional career halfway through 2012 and I had six fights in six months, winning the Victorian title in my fifth fight,” said Dunn in an exclusive interview with Aus-Boxing. “It was a good way to finish the year and a good way to start my career.”
The momentum Dunn carried through his debut year as a professional in 2012, carried through his impressive campaign in 2013, where he saw off credible opposition with relative ease. The list of beaten foes for Dunn in the past year includes durable Kiwi Lee Oti and former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Marlon Alta.
In addition to his admirable activity as a professional, Dunn has also picked up a handful of credible titles along the way. In his debut year, Dunn first picked up the vacant Victorian super middleweight title, before adding the interim PABA title as well as the credible WBC World Youth strap – all in the same weight division.
“I won the interim PABA super middleweight title in my ninth fight and the WBC World Youth in my tenth, I defended the PABA as well as the WBC Youth title once.” he continued. “My next fight, I was supposed be going for the new WBC EPBC super middleweight title as well as defending my WBC Youth title.”
Dunn was originally pencilled in to challenge China-based Russian Andrey Kalyuzhny, with the recently founded WBC Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council title on the line. However, this changed in the past week when issues began to surface with the once-beaten Kalyuzhny and in stepped South Korean replacement Kwak.
The fight will still be contested over ten rounds, but this time for the vacant WBC Continental Asia super middleweight title. With a victory, Dunn and his team – headed by promoter/manager Murray Thomson – are hoping their talented pupil will lift into the top fifteen world ratings by the WBC, who currently list Dunn at twenty-five.
“Yes, at this stage I am taking the WBC route, unless my management takes me elsewhere. I do see myself fighting for an eliminator but my concern is one fight at a time.” explained Dunn. “I am very happy with the work my team are doing. I’m managed and promoted by Murray Thompson and I’m trained by Danny Kay. Second in the corner are Arif Kartal, Paul Toweel and Daryl Ford.”
Despite his lack of exposure on television thus far, Dunn doesn’t appear to be fazed by the lack of recognition of exposure he is receiving. Dunn has worked heavily with fellow unbeaten Victorian prospects Jake Carr and Michael Zerafa, who have fought several times on live television in the past twelve months.
“The lack of TV fights doesn’t frustrate me at this point in my career – it will all unfold at the right time.” Dunn continued. “Jake and I spar great together; we know each other through boxing so outside of boxing we don’t associate.”
Like many of the talented amateurs who have recently ditched the singlet for the paid ranks, Dunn has bypassed the Australian title in order to pursue regional honours. This path has been taken most notably by Olympic standouts Damian Hooper and Cameron Hammond, who have used regional titles as stepping stones to potentially bigger opportunities.
“I think the Australian title is an important title for Australians and would be an honour to win. I wasn’t aware that the Australian title wasn’t part of a world body, but if it would give the Australian title more of an edge on the world scene, maybe it should be.”
If Dunn is successful tonight, he will potentially become the first of the new generation to earn a top-fifteen world rating.
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