Kiko Martinez to defend Euro title vs. Rendall Munroe

22/02/2008

Kiko Martinez to defend Euro title vs. Rendall Munroe

Press Release: A big weekend in British boxing is fast approaching, starting with Rendall Munroe's attempt to snatch the European super bantamweight title from Spain's Kiko Martinez (17-0) at the Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham on Friday, March 7, 2008. Sky Sports will televise live on SS2 starting at 9:30PM.

Munroe (13-1) knows this is the biggest fight of his career to date and has taken two and a half weeks off from work to concentrate on his final preparation. Munroe, who failed to win the British title at featherweight, is counting on that big fight experience will help him through this European title challenge.

"Opportunities like this come along once in lifetime," said Munroe. "I intend to grab it with both hands and not let any of my fans down. I want to add to the success of Leicester boxing, like Tony Sibson and Chris Pyatt did."

Supporting the European title fight is a stablemate of Munroe's, Scott Haywood (16-2), who is also looking to step into local welterweight  contendership. The 26 year old must put on a first class performance against Gary Reid (13-18-1) if Haywood is to realize that ambition.

Haywood, who has appeared on quite a few Frank Maloney promotions, and also took talented lightweight John Fewkes the distance during a one point loss, knows that a win over Reid could open up an opportunity for a Commonwealth title challenge against Ajose Olusegun at light welterweight or even step back down to lightweight and challenge at the 135 pound limit.

It will be a busy weekend for Maloney, who promotes the Munroe vs. Martinez show in Nottingham on a Friday, but will then need to be back in London the next day, Saturday, March 8th, to watch his fighters-- world cruiserweight champion David Haye and British super featherweight champion Carl Johanneson-- in action at the 02 Arena. The promoter has been working with Johanneson in training camp and helping to prepare him with trainer Martin Williams.

Maloney will be looking for a two victories over rival promoter Frank Warren with both his men, Johanneson and Haye, looking to make it a great Easter for Frank Maloney Promotions.

Frank Maloney Promotions presents "The Bull vs. The Matador", Rendall Munroe vs. European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez, at Nottingham’s Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre on Friday, March 7, 2008. Tickets are priced at £75 and £35 and are available by logging onto www.frankmaloney.com or by calling the Box Office at 0871 226 1508. For any further press information please call 0208 467 7647.