Former two-time Prizefighter finalist and English title challenger Cello Renda bowed out of boxing on Saturday night as the Peterborough man lost out to Luke Crowcroft in five rounds.
The 33 year-old, who shocked Leon McKenzie to claim the Southern Area belt in his previous contest, was down in the first and cut mid-way through the fight before the end came soon after.
In the wake of the reverse, Renda announced his retirement from the sport, putting an end to a career which oozed excitement and had fans on the edge of their seats for the duration.
Always involved in tear-ups, what Renda lacked in title belts he made up for completely with heart and guts, as proved when ‘Dangerous’ fought out several full-blooded battles.
A career-highlight was reaching the Prizefighter final against multi-time world title challenger Martin Murray in 2008, where Renda was edged out via a split decision and walked away from York Hall with a handsome cheque for £16,000.
That was during the throngs of Renda’s time with Matchroom Boxing and would lead the puncher into his most memorable moment one year later against Paul Samuels.
As the pair traded blows at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke-on-Trent, both unbelievably landed punches at exactly the same time with Renda and Samuel identically hitting the canvas.
It was a turn of events rarely seen in boxing and instantly made Renda a household name in the United Kingdom.
Eventually losing in the third, Renda would rematch Samuels two months later and this time take the Newport man the distance on his home turf.
After hanging up his gloves, Both Barry and Eddie Hearn were some of the first to congratulate Renda on his career, one in which he never shirked a challenge and was forever up for a fight.
Highlights include a shock victory over Jack Arnfield in 2015 when Renda reached his second Prizefighter final against Tom Doran, whilst the McKenzie triumph will certainly be one to treasure.
World Boxing News would like to wish Renda all the best for the future and a big thank you for entertaining us all these years.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay