Rendall Munroe may be a former European and Commonwealth holder and recent world title challenger, but when it comes to the junior featherweight scene in his homeland of Britain, he has been decidedly third best of late, trailing in the slipstream of the UK’s rising unbeaten 122-pound talents, Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton.
Not much has changed since the weekend, either, after the Midlands man featured on the undercard of Quigg’s first British title defense at the Reebok, Bolton. For if 31-year-old Munroe’s two minute 30 second demolition job of Argentine Jose Saez in a non-title contest was about as emphatic as they come, Quigg’s victory over Welshman Jamie Arthur in the eighth – after being down in the fourth – caught the eye more and, hence, captured most of the headlines.
Munroe (24-2, 10 knockouts), who has now won three on the bounce following his heavy points loss to Japanese WBC beltholder Toshiaki Nishioka 14 months ago (his only defeat in 15 bouts), could be forgiven for being a little upset at the apparent lack of interest surrounding his name right now. He did, after all, win the WBC intercontinental belt last April. But does he care that the current domestic spotlight is shining so brightly upon 23-year-old countryman Quigg, who like Munroe is signed to Hatton Promotions, or Northern Ireland’s Commonwealth holder Frampton, just 24? Absolutely not.
“Who are they? I am Rendall Munroe, look in the records – number one in Britain, and in the top ten of the world,“ said the Leicester contender. “At the end of the day, we’re just do what we’re doing. I’m not fussed. I want to be a world champion. They are the fights I’m looking at.
“I’m professional, you get criticism, you just live with it and get on with it. I go out there to become the best I possibly can. In my last two fights, I showed that I could box and, obviously, there were a few niggles in the air about that. So now I have proved I can still fight too. Things are working. I trust my team.
“A lot of people said that I was a one-trick pony when I came back from Japan. Then I showed them how I could box and there were complaints I had lost it. Now I’ve shown that Rendall hasn’t lost it – and that he’s ready to become world champion.”