Advertisement
Advertisement

Rendall Munroe is Pondering His Boxing Future

By John Evans

Over the next few days, while the headlines will understandably be dominated by Ricky Hatton’s decision to retire for good following his knockout loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko, it shouldn’t escape the attention of boxing fans that the evening may have seen the final ring appearance of another of Britain’s most high class operators of recent years.

Rendall Munroe may have received a fraction of the adulation that “The Hitman” has over the course of his career but, having come from nowhere to hold the British, Commonwealth and European super bantamweight belts and fight then WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka in Tokyo, the 32-year-old former binman deserves just as much respect.

Moments after domestic rival Scott Quigg inflicted the first stoppage defeat of his career to take the WBA interim title, Munroe told BoxingScene that the decision to retire had entered his mind long before the first bell last night.

“I feel great,” he said. “I’ve had a great time and a great career, but coming into this fight I’ve had to beat myself up to get up for it,” he said. “My trainer [Jason Shinfield] said to me: ‘You’re losing, you’re losing’, and in the back of my mind I had it that I’d already told my wife and children at home that if I lost it would be the end of my career. When he said that to me, I think it just pushed the rod in a bit further and asked me: ‘Look, do you really, really want it?’”

Contrary to his corner’s advice, most seated at ringside felt that ‘2 Tone’ had gotten off to the better start. While Quigg worked in bursts and looked to attack the body, Munroe’s consistent workrate and straight shots were causing the 24-year-old from Bury problems.

However, Quigg began to solve those problems towards the end of the fourth round and put in his best work in the fifth when he got on the front foot and was able to land cleanly along the ropes. After flooring Munroe with a superb left to the body in the sixth he finished the job with a right to the body seconds later. 

“I’m a fitness fanatic and I love to keep fit and stay in shape. I was training and getting fit for the fight but there’s a massive decision between training for a fight and actually fighting. Is the spark still there?” asked Munroe, perhaps of himself.

“I’m 32 now and to get to where I really want to be and do big things, we’re talking another two years. I’m gonna be 35 by then. I’ve had a career to be proud of. I’ve come from the bottom to the top.”

If Munroe does decide to leave the ring, he takes with him a 24-3-1 (10) record and the respect of fans across the country.

Follow on twitter @John_Evans79

Tags: Rendall Munroe image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines AIBA Planning Additional Changes For Olympic Boxers Golovkin's Coach: Only Floyd Mayweather Can Really Test GGG Anthony Upton Drills Luke Paddock For English Title Abel Sanchez: No Pacquiao, I Want Crawford vs. Danny Garcia! Alan Castano: My Goal Was To Win, Not Outdo My Brother “Fighting Words” - When Good Fighters Meet Great Ones Canelo's Trainer Wants Him To Knock Liam Smith Out Vide: Jose Ramirez on Crawford's Performance, Ring Return WBC Prez Feels Crawford Could Be Another Floyd Mayweather Video: Oscar Valdez on His Big World Title Win Video: Lenny Zappavigna on His Knockout Win of Ik Yang Video: Jessie Vargas Talks Crawford, Benavidez, More Donaire Prepares For Mandatory Defense With Magdaleno Valdez Has No Problem With REVENGE Fight With Lomachenko Video: Gilberto Ramirez Talks Crawford vs. Postol, More Crawford: Postol Did NOT Want To Fight or Exchange, He Ran Video: Viktor Postol Explains His Defeat To Terence Crawford Ryota Murata Wants Billy Joe Saunders Title Shot Delvin Rodriguez Gets Close Decision Over Shawn Cameron Tim Bradley on Amir Khan's MMA Move - "He's a Clown!" Video: Terence Crawford Talks Postol Victory, Strategy, More Roach: Crawford's Speed Was Too Much, We Needed a KO Jessie Vargas, Jose Benavidez Trade Words - Fight Looming? Brandon Figueroa Admits Sluggish Performance, Plans Brief Rest Video: Nonito Doniare on Pacquiao-Crawford, Postol, More Video: Sulaiman on Crawford, Amir Khan, Chocolatito, Wilder Video: Tim Bradley on Pacquiao-Crawford, Coming Back, More Marcos Maidana Noncommittal on Ring Return Photos: Oscar Valdez Demolishes Rueda For First World Title Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Joe Smith Jr. WBC Eliminator in Play Photos: Crawford Dominates Postol To Unify - HUGE Gallery Postol: I Tried To Make an Exciting Fight, Crawford Was Running Anthony Mundine vs. Danny Green Rematch Inching Closer Photos: Marcos Maidana Resurfaces in The United States Crawford: Yuriorkis Gamboa is Still The Toughest Fight I've Had Terence Crawford: Manny Pacquiao Must Fight Me at 140! Roach Likes The Idea of Pacquiao vs. Crawford, at 140-Pounds Crawford Trainer: We Weren't on Roach's Level? Freddie Who? Crawford: I Hurt Postol With Every Solid Shot That Connected Terence Crawford Drops, Dominates Postol To Unify Titles
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement