News April 2014

Rendall Munroe: Iím not washed up. I can still fight for a world title


By @Nate_Williams23

Rendall Munroe has vowed to silence his critics tomorrow night when he challenges Josh Warrington for the Commonwealth featherweight title in Manchester.

After his recent loss to rising star Lee Selby in February, the 33 year-old says people have questioned his credibility as a boxer and perhaps maybe itís time to call it a day.

Munroe (28-4-1, 11 KOís) has had an impressive career at super-bantamweight after claiming the Commonwealth title, European title and fighting Japanís former pound-for-pound world champion, Toshiaki Nishioka, in his homeland.

However, Leicesterís ďBoxing BinmanĒ strongly believes he has much more to give to the sport and is keen to start another cycle of success by earning another Commonwelath belt at the Phones 4U Arena.

ďA lot of people are thinking that Iím washed up,Ē Munroe said.

ďA lot of people are thinking Rendallís had his time now but is he in it for the real reasons? People are saying Iím only in it for the money. Iím not in it for the money because I have a job and I work hard. If I want money, I just go to work like everybody else. I love the sport and at the end of the day, I believe what happened in the Selby fight was wrong. But Iíve brushed it off, come back and Iím going to show everyone on Saturday night that Iíve still got it.Ē

Selby defeated Munroe after the referee stopped the fight in the sixth round as Munroe was barraged by lighting quick punches.

Munroe feels that he should have been allowed to carry on because he was landing with more punches as the fight went on.

ďAll respect to Selby, his movement was far better than we expected,Ē he said.

ďHe was winning the early rounds but itís a 12-round championship fight. For me, Selby was slowing down from the fourth round onwards. Anybody watching the fight that night could see from the first three rounds I wasnít catching him. I knew what I was doing though because I started to catch him more in rounds four and five. I donít worry about that now because itís time to move on.Ē

Since the Selby fight, Munroe went straight back into the gym and he reckons that his strength and his fitness can help him climb back on top of the pile and maybe fight for another world title.

ďIím a 110 percent fitness freak. I push my limits and do everything my trainer Jason Shinfield asks and Iím ready.

ďI still believe Iím good enough to fight for a world title. When I was there at super-bantam, the only world champion that would fight me was pound-for-pound Toshiaki Nishioka. What can you do about it? You donít worry about it, you just get on the plane to Japan and do what you can. I lost but I made myself a name even from the loss. Thatís done now but the past is the past and now itís time to think about the future.Ē

But first things first, Josh Warrington is 16-0 after knocking out Samir Mouneimne in the final round to win the Commonwealth title. Munroe has experience on his side but he says he will treat Warrington with respect like all his other previous 33 opponents.

ďIím a respectable guy because we are all in that ring for the same thing. We all want to be the best, we all want to be champions and Warrington went out there for the Commonwealth belt and won.

ďWarrington is going to come with a good engine, really fit but Iím ready for this. We are going to win the Commonwealth title on Saturday and start from there again.Ē

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