By Jake Donovan
Super bantamweight contender Rendall Munroe returns to the ring on Saturday, April 9, it was announced on Tuesday morning.
Perhaps the UK’s most famous binman, Munroe (21-2, 9KO) will fight in an eight-round bout against an opponent to be determined at Houghton-le-Spring’s Rainton Meadows Arena.
The bout marks his first since coming up short in his failed title bid last October against super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka. Munroe traveled to the champion’s native Japan, fighting outside of the United Kingdom for the first time in his career.
The lopsided loss to Nishioka snapped an impressive 11-fight win streak, including a pair of wins over fellow Top 10 contender Kiko Martinez and a ninth-round knockout over Victor Terrazas a year ago to set up the title shot.
In contending for the alphabet strap, Munroe was forced to give up his European title, though the short-term plan appears to be moving towards regaining the regional belt before moving back into title contention.
“The European title is vacant right now, but if Rendall wins in April I hope that he will be made official challenger,” promoter Frank Maloney said in a released statement. “I have no doubt that if Rendall can get another three good wins he will be get another world title fight.”
The fight will serve as a special attraction on a card that will air live on Sky Sports. Headlining the card will be 31-year old bantamweight prospect Stuart Hall, who defends his regional title against John Donnelly.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to JakeNDaBox@gmail.com.
Tags: Boxing Television , British Boxing , Toshiaki Nishioka