Warrington tells Livefight "Rendall wont want to lose to a whippersnapper"
Marvelous Marvin v The Hitman. Iron Mike v The Real Deal and Hands of Stone v Sugar. Some of boxing’s most memorable fights have been contested between fighters with the most eye catching monikers.
This Saturday night, the dental technician will meet 'The Boxing Binman'. Commonwealth featherweight champion Josh Warrington defends his belt against Rendall Munroe and if styles make fights, there should be another exciting battle at Manchester’s Phones 4 U Arena.
Warrington, 16-0 (1 KO), who combines his boxing career with a full time job in a dental lab, burst on to the scene last November by stopping the previously unbeaten Samir Mouneimne in the final round of an exciting fight and after so far learning his trade in the small halls and leisure centres, the Yorkshireman is keen to ensure that his future is played out on a bigger stage.
“People will think ‘Look at him fighting on these big shows!’ but it’s been a long process,” Warrington told Livefight. “I’ve been the ‘floater’ on these big shows and there’s been times when I’ve not known when I’m fighting. There have been times where they’re sweeping the floors and starting to take the ring down and we’re still waiting to go on.
“We got the shot at the English title [a ten round victory over Chris Male] and had to travel away from home for that and then the fight for the Commonwealth belt was a last minute thing and I had to go away from home again. I’ve not had it easy by any stretch of the imagination. Now I’m fighting on these big arena shows, it feels like it’s been a long time coming.
“I always had a feeling it’d happen, it was just a case of when. Sometimes you have to remain patient in this game and I’m fortunate that time’s on my side. Even though I am at this level and it’s been a long time coming, I’m still only 23. Some people don’t reach this stage until they’re 27 or 28 so I’m in a good position at the moment.”
Former European and Commonwealth champion, Munroe, 28-4-1 (11 KO’s), may be a few years beyond his prime but should still prove a real handful for any domestic featherweight. British and European champion Lee Selby toyed with the 33 year old for five one sided rounds before stopping him in February but, since then, long time super bantamweight Munroe has had that little bit longer to become fully accustomed to the 126lb division and will know that if he comes up short this weekend, he will have few options left open to him.
“I’m not expecting an easy Rendall Munroe in any way, shape or form," Warrington said. "He’ll come and he knows it’s his last throw of the dice. He’s not gonna want a young whippersnapper to come up and dethrone him is he? I’ve trained hard for this and I’ve been ready for it for a while now. A couple of fights ago I’d have been thinking ‘Aw, bloody hell. It’s Rendall Munroe. He’s a massive name’ but now I’m confident and I feel I should be at this level. This is a chance to prove I should be at this level and that I can progress and go on to bigger things. I’m not looking over him. It’s a good fight.
“He’s always been massive at super bantamweight and I think that’s probably helped him put people over by being big and outworking them. I think that engine will still be there for him, some fighters naturally have it. I think it’ll be other things like reactions and movement that might have slowed down a little bit.
“We’ll see how it pans out. We don’t know which Rendall’s gonna turn up. He might decide to take it to me. You never know how the fight’s gonna work out. You can plan for something but you just have to see how it works out on the night. We’ve got lots of gameplans up our sleeve and we’ve trained hard and for a very good Rendall Munroe.”
Selby has a WBC eliminator against Romulo Koasicha scheduled for May and it would be no surprise were he to relinquish his British belt and leave the domestic scene behind for good. In his absence, Warrington and Munroe are arguably the two best featherweights in Britain and the winner of this fight would be ideally placed for a shot at any vacant title.
“I think 2014 is going to be a massive year. Without sounding over confident or looking past Rendall, I think that with that title being vacant – or soon to be vacant – it leaves massive opportunities. A few different ranking systems have Rendall sat second and me sat third so it’s only right that whichever one of us…….I wanna say myself! The winner will be fighting for the British title and I’m confident it’ll be me. I want to fight for the British this year. It’s a massive ambition for me and one I had since I turned professional.
“I’m not looking past Rendall. If I’m gonna get to that level, I have to get past him.”