Zac Dunn on title eliminator, amateur pedigree and more

ZAC Dunn could be the best Australian super middleweight not named Sakio Bika.

In just over twenty four hours, Zac Dunn will attempt to further these claims when he faces his stiffest challenge as a professional when he trades blows with Colombian wildcard Beibi Berrocal.

The quietly spoken Dunn has plied his trade with little fuss and minimal exposure, but if he is victorious in his final eliminator for the IBO super middleweight title, all of this could change quite quickly.

“My journey as a boxer has been great,” said Dunn in an exclusive interview with Aus-Boxing.

“As an amateur I got to see the world, bringing home a bronze at the World cadets, winning a silver medal in Russia as well as a silver medal in Cuba, amongst many other tournaments,”

“In the professional ranks my journey has been just as good, winning multiple titles in different organisations – but keeping it under the radar – which has been good since the beginning of my career.”

“Now and in the near future I will be able to show to the people of Australia that I will be the best in the world,”

Having won a plethora of regional baubles, it is clear that Dunn is on a fast track to a world title, or as the fight with Berrocal has shown, at least a title eliminator.

“My opponent Beibi Berrocal is a southpaw and I expect him to be a good boxer, a big puncher,” said Dunn in closing. “When you put two big punchers in the ring together, it should make an awesome fight,”

From a title standpoint, the super middleweight division is relatively stacked, with Dunn’s name sitting alongside former world title challengers Marco Antonio Periban and Paul Smith as well as fellow unbeaten prospects in Mayweather protege Ronald Gavril and Top Rank signed Jesse Hart.

The management of Dunn, headed by former IBF super featherweight titleholder Barry Michael, have guided Dunn to not only a final eliminator for the IBO strap – but also a top ten rating within the WBO – meaning a handful of opportunities could present themselves if their charge keeps winning.

Dunn will headline for the second consecutive time at the iconic Royal Exhibition Building, a venue that hadn’t seen professional boxing for a near century.

“They hadn’t had fights at the Royal Exhibition Building since 1938,” Dunn explained.

“The fights there had a real old school boxing feel, it had a real cool atmosphere it was like I was fighting back in 1930’s but with a modern twist,”

“A win will put me in a position for a shot at the IBO world title and who I fight from there will be up to my management,”

Photo: Marty Camilleri/Marty’s Knockout Photography



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