Peterborough middleweight Cello Renda reckons his fighting heart will decide this weekend’s British title eliminator.
Renda and Jack Arnfield clash over 10 rounds in Preston on Saturday night (October 24)- and they know each other well.
In February, Renda snapped Arnfield’s 17-fight unbeaten record with a points win in ‘Prizefighter’ in Blackpool.
Renda went into the fight with a broken bone in his left hand, but still outworked Arnfield over three rounds to grab the points decision.
“That fight showed he hasn’t got my heart,” said the 30 year-old from Newborough, who went on to lose the final to Tom Doran at the Winter Gardens.
“When the going gets tough, I get going. I keep throwing punches, no matter what. But when it’s tough for him, I think he might quit.
“He’s had it easy. He’s been fighting has beens and journeymen and as soon as he faced a live opponent who hit him back, he lost.
“I’ve got losses on my record, but I’ve been fighting champions and unbeaten fighters - and I’ve beaten some of them.
“Arnfield hasn’t got the power to stop me coming forward. He never hit me and made me think: ‘I don’t want to take any more of them.’ I don’t mind taking one of his jabs to land one or two of my own.
“Whatever he throws at me, I will keep punching. I’ve broken his heart before and I will break it again.
“I took away his unbeaten record in a format that should have suited him. He had loads of success as an amateur over three rounds, but I didn’t.
“Now it’s over 10 rounds, I’ve got longer to get to him.
“I don’t think he can work as hard as I can for 10 rounds and I have the power to knock him out as well.
“I’m ready, I know what to expect and I know what I have to do to beat him.
“Beating Arnfield will put me in a great position. My name will be right up there. I believe I’m one fight away from a British title challenge.”
The British title is currently held by Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell and he defends against Elliott Matthews in front of the Channel Five cameras on Saturday, November 14.
Renda said: “I could be made the mandatory challenger if I beat Arnfield and if I’m not, we can go to the (British Boxing) Board (of Control) and say: ‘What does Cello have to do to get a British title shot?’”
Renda predicts Blackwell will beat Matthews, a southpaw from Watford who holds the Southern Area title and is unbeaten in 16 fights (one draw), and added: “Me and Blackwell would be a great fight for TV. That would be a very entertaining fight.”