Boxing - Renda gets hometown advantage for English title shot against Butler

Banger-turned-boxer Cello Renda is over the moon to be fighting Bristol's Danny Butler for the English middleweight title in Peterborough, after promoter Robert Waterman and Renda's sponsor Autovia worked together to win the purse bid.

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Renda gets hometown advantage for English title shot against Butler

BoxRec News spoke to Renda, 27, who will make history as the first boxer from Peterborough to challenge for the strap in his hometown when the fight takes place on June 22nd at the Arena.

"I'm over the moon. It's the first time it's happened in Peterborough, and I'm so glad my promoter and sponsors Autovia managed to win the bid.

"I've been in training for the last two months, and I've got a nice little four rounder coming up on Saturday against Jody Meikle (at the Arena, Peterborough). I'm going to use that fight to put into practice what I've been doing in the gym with (trainer) Jon Pegg."

Renda's second English title shot arrives five years after his first, which ended in a sixth round defeat to former British champion Paul Smith in 2008. Renda went on to reach the final of Prizefighter later that year before dropping a split decision to (now) two-time world title challenger Martin Murray in the three round final.

His reputation as a dangerous banger was enhanced when he knocked out the previously unbeaten Sam Horton to earn a British title shot, which never materialised.

Instead, his next two fights, although highly entertaining, both ended in defeat to Newport's Paul Samuels, and he was forced to take a break from the sport after falling out with his previous manager.

Renda returned in March last year under Birmingham-based trainer/matchmaker Jon Pegg, and his style has definitely changed. Three fights into his comeback, Renda is now confident of winning with his boxing skills rather than relying on finding a knockout punch. He was full of praise for Pegg.

"He's one the best coaches in the country. I've known Jon for eight years, and he's been my manager and trainer for the past 18 months. Since I've come back, my all round boxing have improved so much under him. My footwork, everything. He's got me winning my last three fights with my boxing skills."

Pegg is currently training Driffield troll hunter Curtis Woodhouse for his next fight, and enjoyed success last weekend when 19 year old Sam Egginton bagged the Midlands Area welterweight title in his sixth professional bout, flooring Steven Pearce in dominant fashion to end it in the seventh round.

Renda (21-9-1) was highly complimentary when asked about his opponent Danny Butler (21-5), who stopped previously unbeaten Brummie Thomas Costello to win the vacant English title in March.

"Danny Butler's a nice lad, a good champion. He's had it hard like myself."

But Renda was more than confident in his ability to get the job done in front of his hometown fans:

"The belt's mine. Jon knows a lot about Danny Butler - he's sparred Terry Carruthers, and I've had a chat with Terry.

"Jon will make sure I'll be on form.  I'll be on top of my game, which is getting better and better under Jon Pegg."

Picture: Cello Renda wins against Max Maxwell in the Prizefighter semi-final, 2008

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