Peterborough middleweight Cello Renda has pulled out of tonight’s (October 24) British-title eliminator after crashing his car.
Renda was scheduled to meet Jack Arnfield over 10 rounds in Preston, but on Wednesday afternoon 9Ocrober 21), he was driving to the check weigh in - a procedure introduced to ensure fighters don’t lose too much weight in the days before big fights - when he lost control of his car and crashed.
Renda suffered only minor injuries and was discharged from hospital later that day.
But the 30 year old decided that, given what he had been through, he wasn’t able to go through with the fight.
Renda said: “I’m lucky that I walked away with no major injuries. I had a bit of whiplash and hurt my back, but it could have been a lot worse.
“I feel very grateful. My car is a complete mess. It’s a write off, but I wasn’t really thinking about that after the crash. I was just thinking about the fight.
“I’m absolutely gutted to have to pull out. I had trained so hard and the fight was just two days away.
“I really am livid, but I couldn’t go through with a big fight after what I’ve just been through.
“I haven’t been able to sleep properly and mentally, I wasn’t ready.
“I’m hoping the fight can still happen before Christmas.
“I’ve got to sort my transport out, then they can give me date and we will take it from there.”
Renda says Arnfield was quick to contact him after learning about the accident.
Renda, who outpointed the Blackpool boxer in the semi finals of ‘Prizefighter’ in February, said: “Jack sent me a message wishing me well.
“He seems a nice guy - and I’m looking forward to punching him in the face.
“I know it sounds crazy, but I like punching nice people in the face.
“When people really get under my skin and I don’t like them, I want to do more than just punch them in the face.
“We can have our fight, punch each other in the face, then be friends afterwards.”
The winner of the rearranged Renda-Arnfield fight will take a step closer a shot at the British title, currently held by Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell.
The 24 year-old from Trowbridge defends the title against Elliott Matthews in front of the Channel Five cameras in Bristol on Saturday, November 14.