It was all over before the title challenger could find his rhythm but Cello Renda has promised fans he’ll fight on for his quest to become English champion.
More than a thousand fight fans flocked to Peterborough Arena to see yet another series of winning displays by excellent local boxing talent but the main event left us all disappointed.
Renda – challenging opponent Danny Butler for his English middleweight crown – was floored twice within the opening two minutes and by the time he stood up for the count after his third meeting with the canvas, referee Howard Foster signalled the end.
He told ESP – “I got hit cold behind my ear and just didn’t recover in time. It was a freak shot and boxing is like that sometimes – I’ve inflicted the same damage on opponents, so I should know. Danny came out charging and instead of sticking to my game-plan I retaliated and that’s when it started to go wrong for me.
“I want to assure my fans that I’ll be back again for the start of the new season. This setback won’t be the last of me and my journey to become English champion will start again. The crowd were fantastic and I’ve had dozens of supportive messages reminding me how I can’t and won’t stop until I’ve got a belt around my waist.”
Butler first floored Renda with a sharp left hook, which needed a count of eight to recover from. But within seconds a text book right-hander caught Renda square on the chin and it took another eight-second count by the referee for Renda to continue. Butler could smell victory and unleashed punishing combinations that ended in another stinging right-hander, which signaled the end of the fight.
There were swift endings to other fights on the bill but the results were all in favour of our local boxers. Wisbech heavyweight Eli Frankham kicked off the night with his second win in as many fights against Worksop opponent Simeon Cover.
Whittlesey’s Jake Dyer drew an excellent contest against Jack Sunderland from Leeds and this bout was followed by yet another impressive victory for Eye’s Sam Barron.
Light-heavyweight Barron was scheduled for six two-minute rounds against Walsall’s Bobby Wood but he only needed a matter of minutes to score his third professional victory in as many fights.
Barron immediately threw a thunderous body shot that put his opponent to his knees, gasping for air. There was no way back for Wood who was on the receiving end of more power shots to the head and body that ultimately convinced the referee to end the fight in the second round in the interest of his safety.
It was one-way traffic for Barron who picked his shots with precision and always gave the impression he could have ended Wood’s challenge even sooner.
The next victory belonged to Chatteris light-welterweight Jordan Gill who boxed expertly for four rounds to notch up his sixth win in six outings. Gill’s experienced opponent Kristian Laight was no match for the silky combinations and assured footwork of his younger challenger.
Gill’s mature performance was all about staying out of trouble and scoring points – enough to see him finish 40-36 on top.
The final winning contest of the evening belonged to Eastfield super-bantamweight Michael Maguire who once again showed us why he’s rated so highly in the boxing fraternity.
Maquire took to the ring in a glittering silver robe that was every match for his shinning performance against Wolverhampton’s Delroy Spencer.
Maguire must have thrown every punch and combination in the book at his opponent by the time fight was stopped in the second round to save Spencer from further embarrassment.
By Pep Cipriano