Where are they now?: Richard Dunn

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The Independent Online
RICHARD DUNN achieved his 15 minutes of fame in May 1976, when a brave but futile assault on Muhammad Ali's world heavyweight title ended after five one-sided rounds. Despite the beating, Dunn fondly looks back on the night in Munich as 'the greatest thrill of my sporting life'.

The Yorkshireman earned his opportunity following a run of success that yielded British, Commonwealth and European titles. His achievements were sufficient to have a sports centre in his native Bradford named after him.

However, five months after the Ali defeat, Dunn lost all three titles to Joe Bugner.

The intervening years have been difficult. After losing most of his ring earnings when a hotel venture collapsed, Dunn returned to scaffolding, a decision which almost cost him his life.

In December 1989, while working on an oil rig, he fell 40 feet, shattering both legs below the knee. The injuries have responded poorly to treatment and he will undergo further surgery in July.

Now a grandfather, he lives in Scarborough with his wife.

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