Boxing: Cello could be fighting for a British title next month

Cello Renda on his way to a point win over Mitch Mitchell in his last fight.
Cello Renda on his way to a point win over Mitch Mitchell in his last fight.
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Cello Renda is waiting to hear if boxing bosses will give him the chance to win the British super-middleweight title next month.

Promoters Matchroom this week offered Renda a crack at Paul Smith in Liverpool on Saturday, March 15.

Smith is due a voluntary defence of his British title, Renda accepted and boxing bosses are currently examining his title credentials before deciding whether the fight can go ahead.

Manager Jon Pegg is confident the 28 year-old from Newborough will get the chance to become only the city’s second British champion after Gary De Roux - and reverse an English title loss inflicted six years ago.

Smith claimed the vacant St George’s belt that night with a six-round stoppage and has gone on to claim British honours.

Renda has only one defeat in his last seven fights and has previously won a British-title eliminator at middleweight, wiping out Sam Horton inside two rounds back in September, 2009.

He’s had back-to-back points wins since moving up to super-middleweight last year - including a points win over Mitch Mitchell at Bushfield Leisure Centre three weeks ago - and is currently ranked 10th in Britain in the latest’ Sky Sports rankings.

Pegg said: “I got the phone call on Tuesday afternoon and accepted on Cello’s behalf straight away.

“Chances like this don’t come along very often and when they do, you have to grab them with both hands.

“Cello was straight back in the gym after his last fight and waiting for the phone to ring.

“All Cello has ever wanted was a crack at the British title and we’ve just got to hope the Board decide to give him his chance.

“We know Smith’s a good fighter and a good champion, but Cello has a puncher’s chance against anyone.”