Stalmine boxer Jack Arnfield has pinpoined Cello Renda as a serious threat to his aspirations of being crowned Prizefigher middleweight king at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool tomorrow night.
Renda came close to winning the middleweight trophy himself in 2008 in a memorable final against Martin Murray, who has gone on to box at world title level.
Arnfield said: “Renda did brilliantly in the Prizefighter final.
“He is dangerous, comes forward and likes to have a fight - everyone knows that.”
Seven years ago in Prizefighter, Renda only lost out on a split-decision to Murray at York Hall, Bethnal Green in a fantastic final.
While Murray prepares to take on Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin in a world title clash, Renda recalled that night in east London ahead of his second crack at the trophy in Blackpool.
He said: “I have very, very good memories of last time.
“People still talk about the final between Martin and me and say it was the best final Prizefighter has had.
“I know what it is all about going into this Prizefighter,
“Being involved in it before has set me up really well for this Prizefighter because I know the lads who are in it this year haven’t been through it like I have and that is going to hold me in good stead.
“I have a good feeling about Saturday night because I’ve been here before.
“I have done the interviews before, the TV with the cameras, I know the format, getting into the ring, out and back in again.
“I have been through all of that but some of the fighters might freeze in front of it all.
“You have to be willing to dig deep and let your hands go.
“You only have three rounds and before you know it the fight could be over and you have only just got started and it is too late.
“The experience is a massive help.
“No disrespect, the fighters that are in it aren’t going to show me anything I haven’t already been through.
“I have had 37 fights, I have been tested,
“I have been beaten and I am sure the people who are in Prizefighter, had they fought the people I have fought, they wouldn’t still be unbeaten.
“These boys haven’t fought anybody that has asked questions of them. I know come fight night when I am hitting them on the chin, the questions will be answered.”
Renda’s second crack at the Prizefighter trophy sees five fighters put their unbeaten records on the line in local favourite Arnfield, Irishman Luke Keeler, Wales’ Tom Doran, Preston’s Mick Hall and Birmingham’s Craig Cunningham.
Youngsters Liam Conroy and Luke Crowcroft can give their careers a massive boost with victory.
A £32,000 purse is the lure for the winner of Prizefighter.
Blackpool’s Brian Rose headlines in his home town and takes on Carson Jones for the vacant WBC International light-middleweight title.
There are four-rounders for English lightweight champion Scott Cardle, from Lytham, and Marcus Morrison in his third pro outing.
The weigh-in was taking place at the G Casino, Blackpool this afternoon.