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Munroe not awed by Nishioka

After Rendall Munroe met WBC world super bantamweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka this weekend, he stated “I’m even more confident of beating him now.” He challenges for the Japanese star’s title at Tokyo’s Sumo Stadium on October 24. Munroe (21-1) and Nishioka (36-4-3) met at the WBC Night of Champions in Cardiff this weekend. And southpaw Munroe said: “We got on well and he seems a nice man, but I grew in confidence after seeing him. I’m convinced that world title is mine. It is always tough fighting away, but once I get in a rhythm my size and strength will cause him non-stop problems.”

Manager Frank Maloney broke off from his Algarve holiday to meet Nishioka and his representatives. “They were very humble and pleasant people and this is one fight that will not be overshadowed by trash talk,” he said. “I have to say they are very professional people and I am sure there will be fair play when we travel. Going to Japan doesn’t faze Rendall at all and he is the most laid back fighter I have worked with since Lennox Lewis.”

Maloney is dreaming of Munroe facing his great friend Jason Booth in a world title unification match early next year.

Nottingham’s Booth (35-5) also faces a hard night when he challenges Steve Molitor (32-1) for the IBF world super-bantamweight title at Houghton-le-Spring’s Rainton Meadows Arena on Saturday September 11.

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