Peterborough puncher Cello Renda will have to wait for the fight that could make or break his British title ambitions.
The 30 year-old from Peterborough was set to face Jack Arnfield in an eliminator in Preston tomorrow (October 3).
But because a couple of ticket sellers on the show need longer to recover from injuries, the show has been put back to Saturday, October 24.
Renda welcomed the news, saying: “It gives me more time to prepare myself. I’ve just got to make I don’t over train and leave it all in the gym.
“This is a massive, massive fight for me.
“I’ve been a professional boxer for 11 years - longer than any else from Peterborough - and from the day I started, the British title has always been my goal.
“If I want to win it, I’ve got to beat Arnfield. If I don’t win, I will have to think about where I’m going. I don’t want to go back to the drawing board and start fighting six rounders again.
“But I’m not thinking about that. I’m confident of winning this fight - especially seeing as I’ve beaten him with a broken hand before.”
That was in ‘Prizefighter’ in February when despite having broken bones in his left hand, Renda won a points decision.
That fight was over the three-round distance that was better suited to Arnfield, who won a clutch of amateur titles and represented England before turning professional.
Renda had a less formal boxing education, learning how to scrap at school and on the streets, and says it’s his 10-round toughness that will decide this month’s big fight and take him a step closer a shot at the British title, currently held by Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell.
He said: “I know he has long arms and good skills and I can’t let him dictate the fight.
“I don’t want to be on the end of his long punches and let him settle into a rhythm.
“I’ve got to close the gap, get in his face and take him out of his comfort zone. We will see if he can keep his discipline when I’m in his face.
“I think that when that happens and his crowd are making noise, he’s going to want to fight me and he hasn’t got the power to take me on.
“I beat him last time without a left hand and he’s going to find out I hit just as hard with my left hand as I do with my right.”
Tickets for the show in Preston are available from 07947 106116
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