Cello Renda is looking to put a frustrating year behind him when he faces Ben Wilkes in an English Middlweight Eliminator on March 5th, writes James Eley.
Renda’s appearance on the undercard of Sam Eggington versus Bradley Skeete, promoted by Matchroom, will be his first taste of ring action since his appearance in Prizefighter just over a year ago.
“I broke my hand while I was competing early on in Prizefighter,” he said. “I managed to carry on with a couple of my fights that night and I think that I did extra damage to my hand because of that. Then I didn’t give it enough time to heal because I was itching to get back in the ring so when I did try and return my hand was not ready and that set me back further.
“Also I was involved in a car crash last year which I had to recover from so it was a difficult period for me.
“But I believe that everything happens for a reason and I have become a stronger person because of my set-backs. I am back to being 100% fit now and I am raring to go and compete in front of the Sky cameras in my next fight.”
The 30-year-old has been enjoying training and sparring as well as his other commitments which has made it a busy build up to his fight with Essington Wilkes. The Peterborough based fighter is confident of getting the win but is adamant he will not be overlooking his opponent when the pair clash at Birmingham’s Genting Arena.
“Training and sparring is going really well and it is great to get back to it. I am getting the rounds in with my sparring so I will be ready for action come March 5th. I am a true professional and I am making sure I train like one. I have always been disciplined and I am giving my all in preparation for this fight just like I do with all of them.”
“I do quite a bit of work teaching and helping children and young offenders and boxing is a great way for them to learn discipline. I also go into prisons and give some lessons to try and give people some direction in their life. All this means I have very little time to myself with training and sparring as well but I love what I do and it is nice for me to be able to help where I can.”
“Ben is a game fighter. He will be training hard because he knows he will be up against it with me. He is a good opponent and I will need to be on top of my game to win but I know that I will be. I have had over 40 professional fights so he will not be bringing anything that I have not seen or had to deal with before. I have been in with champions and Olympians and Ben has not fought anyone of that calibre so no disrespect to him but he hasn’t had the challenges that I have had. Whatever he gives me I am confident I will be able to deal with it.”
At the top of the bill, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, Stourbridge’s Sam Eggington makes a second defence of the British title and third of his Commonwealth belt back in the second city, against popular Londoner Skeete as he aims to move into touching distance of outright ownership of the Lord Lonsdale belt.
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