Cello Renda is throwing punches again and targeting the British middleweight championship.
The 29 year-old from Newborough broke a bone in his left hand on his way to the ‘Prizefighter’ final in Blackpool in February.
That injury has kept him out of manager Jon Pegg’s gym for a couple of months.
But this week, Renda started hitting the bags again at the Eastside gym in Birmingham and he’s hoping to be back in the ring again in June.
He said: “I had the cast off a couple of weeks ago, starting punching again this week and I’m hoping to box again in June.
“That’s the target and it’s a realistic target.
“I haven’t been able to punch for a while, but I’ve kept myself active. I’ve still been doing my runs and taking classes at Vic’s Gym. It’s not as if I’ve been sitting around doing nothing.
“When people know my hand’s OK, hopefully I will get some offers.
“I don’t feel as though I need a six rounder against a journeyman. I’m ready for a 10 rounder or even a British-title shot next.
“I’m happy to go back in there with anyone and I’m happy to be boxing at middleweight.
“I’m not as big at super-middleweight and the way I made the weight for ‘Prizefighter’ and then performed has convinced me middleweight is the right weight for me.
“’Prizefighter’ did what I was hoping it would do. It boosted my profile and gave my confidence a boost. I know I’ve still got it and I know that I can still .”
In ‘Prizefighter’, Renda blasted out Liam Conroy inside a round, then handed local ticket-seller Jack Arnfield his first loss before losing to Tom Doran.
Renda says he fancies another crack at Doran or possibly Adam Etches, the Sheffield puncher who had his unbeaten record ended by Belarusian veteran Sergey Khomitsky on the undercard of Kell Brook’s world-title defence last month.
But given a choice, Renda would rather face the winner of the forthcoming clash between John Ryder and Nick Blackwell for the vacant British middleweight title.
Eddie Hearn has won the purse to stage the fight and the winner will then be able to make a voluntary defence, possibly against Renda, who’s aiming to become the city’s first British champion since Gary De Roux took the featherweight title from Sean Murphy in March, 1991.
He said: “If I was the British champion, I’m not sure I would choose to fight me. I’m a big middleweight and I’ve got a puncher’s chance against anyone. I would pick to fight a non puncher instead.
“But I have good TV fights so maybe that can help make the fight happen.
“People are always asking me when I’m fighting on TV again - and I’m hoping it’s going to be soon.”