Boxing: Renda gets another crack at ‘Prizefighter’

Cello Renda takes part in Prizefighter next month.
Cello Renda takes part in Prizefighter next month.
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Updated: Cello Renda has got another shot at ‘Prizefighter’ in front of the Sky Sorts cameras next month.

The 29 year-old from Newborough was a beaten finalist back in November 2008 and he’s back in the exciting tournament in Blackpool on Saturday February 14.

Renda had been hoping for a shot at the British super-middleweight title, but when his ‘Prizefighter’ chance came along at 11st 8lbs, he took it.

The winner of three, three-round fights will claim a £32,000 cheque and the line-up includes unbeaten fighters Luke Keeler, Jack Arnfield, Tom Doran and Craig Cunningham, the Midlands Area champion.

Renda said: “I’m made for ‘Prizefighter.’ My final with Martin Murray is probably the best fight there’s ever been in ‘Prizefighter’ and if there’s a ‘Prizefighter’ at my weight, I really have to be in it.

“I can box and move now, but I’m going in there to knock people’s heads off!

“I’m not messing about.

“I’m an exciting fighter. I’m what ‘Prizefighter’ is all about.

“I’m a nightmare for anyone over three rounds - and Paul Smith and Matthew Macklin will tell you that.

“If every fight was over three rounds, I would be a world champion.

“I’m going to go in there, do what I do and take people out.

“I was planning a chilled Christmas. I was going to eat some chocolate and enjoy myself a bit.

“But that went out of the window when my manager Jon Pegg rang me up on Christmas Eve and asked me if I wanted to go in ‘Prizefighter.’

“I didn’t have to think about it. I said: ‘Yes’ straight away. Every fighter wants to be on Sky Sports and winning this could lead to a big, big fight.”

Renda fancies his chances having looked at the records of his undefeated rivals.

He said: “I would be undefeated as well if I had just boxed journeymen my whole career.

“They’ve had it easy - and they’re going to get found out in ‘Prizefighter.’

“They haven’t been hit hard in the face yet - and that’s what I do. I hit people hard in the face.

“I know what it takes in ‘Prizefighter.’ It all comes down to who wants it the most and I know I can bite on my gum shield and dig deep when I have to.

“I’ve been on TV before as well and that’s a massive advantage.

“You can train as hard as you like and look great in sparring, but some fighters fall apart when the cameras are on them.

“I love being on TV.

“I get my hair done, put a big smile on my face and go out there and enjoy it.

“For me, this is what it’s all about. I can’t wait.”

Renda says making the 11st 8lbs limit won’t be a problem.

He has been campaigning at 12st after losing an English middleweight title fight to Danny Butler, but says he won’t be troubled by the scales in the countdown to ‘Prizefighter.’

“Every fighter will tell you the last 2 lbs are the hardest to lose,” said Renda.

“They are the ones that really take it out of you. But because ‘Prizefighter’ is made at 11st 8lbs, I don’t have to lose those last 2 lbs that really kill you.

“I’m going to be a massive middleweight and I’m going to be knocking people out.”

The complete line up for ‘Prizefighter’ is (win, lose, draw record in brackets): Jack Arnfield (17-0), Liam Conroy (7-2), Craig Cunningham (11-0), Tom Doran (11-0), Mick Hall (11-0), Luke Keeler (7-0), Warren Tansey (10-1-1).

Tickets for the show are available from 07947 106116.