Byline: IAN GIBB
EVEN Colin Dunne and his most fervent followers must have wondered whether he had taken on too much before his world lightweight title triumph over South Africa's dangerous challenger Phillip Holiday at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
That the fight was for the barely-rated WBU crown should not detract from the taking of a hugely impressive scalp, for Holiday boasts one of the very best records of any 9st boxer.
The north London-based scouser was only a 6-5 bet - same as the classy Holiday - and Dunne admitted: 'I've hardly slept a wink for 24 hours. My stomach's been churning like a washing machine.' Yet, Dunne followed orders to the letter and after a vertical gash opened up on Holiday's forehead in the fifth round from an accidental clash, the Briton kept on top to earn a unanimous verdict.
Dunne probably surprised himself against a genuinely outstanding challenger, who had previously defended the IBF world title six times before being outpointed by American Shane Mosley, his only previous conqueror. Dunne held on to his title with scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112 from the American judges, though I thought it was a lot closer.
Dunne said: 'I've been taught from day one by my trainer Colin Lake to keep my chin tucked in and my head down. Colin said for me to watch his head but I said: ''If anyone gets cut it will be him''. …