RENDALL MUNROE is dropping down a weight division to bantamweight and set his immediate sights on European champion Jamie McDonnell.
The former European and Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion will have his first fight in the 118lb division in early February.
Southpaw Munroe, 31, said: I was making 8st 10b comfortable and getting down to the new weight will not be difficult.
My first bantamweight fight will be a 10-rounder and then I am looking straight for the European title and then meeting one of the world champions.
I have sparred with McDonnell a few times and no disrespect to him, but I think I have his measure.
Munroe has won 23 of his 25 fights and last year went the distance against WBC super-bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka.
The Leicester boxing is switching divisions despite the lure of big money super-bantamweight matches against Carl Frampton and British champion Scott Quigg his Hatton Promotions stablemate.
Munroe is also the number one challenger for his old European title, currently held by Kiko Martinez the Spaniard he has defeated twice.
He added: I am giving up a lot, but I also have a lot to gain by moving down to bantamweight.
Good luck to Carl and Scott in that division and I am sure they will meet down the line in what will be a brilliant super-bantamweight fight.Tags: Rendall Munroe , Jamie McDonnell