Munroe, Johanneson Join Forces

Rendall Munroe, "The Fighting Dustman", who challenges Kiko Martinez for his European super bantamweight title on March 7 at Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham, has finished his hard training with four competitive sparring rounds with British super featherweight champion Carl Johanneson, who is also finishing up his own training ahead of his eagerly anticipated title defense against Commonwealth champion Kevin Mitchell on March 8 in London.

"I've driven up to Leeds three times in the last week for sparring with Carl Johanneson," said Munroe. "Although it is an hour and a half each way and I've had to change my training program, it has well been worth it.

"Johanneson gives no quarter and takes no prisoners while sparring and I am tipping him to be successful this coming weekend, just as I believe I will be against Martinez. Don't be surprised if Johanneson knocks out Mitchell. The sparring has been of great value to me; it has taught me what I need to know to defeat 'The Bull' from Spain".

Chief support in Nottingham will feature the first defense of Commonwealth bantamweight champion Jason Booth, who takes on dangerous African Lante Addy. A young, iron-chinned warrior from Ghana, Addy has taken no chances and arrived in London this past weekend, where here will spend three days before driving up to Nottingham.

The card also sees young Belfast heavyweight Scott Belshaw looking to state his claim on the domestic scene. Added to this great value card is Celtic lightweight champion, Gary Buckland, who has signed a contract with Frank Maloney's FTM Sports and will be looking for his new promoters to push him into the lightweight mix.

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 or by calling the Box Office at 0871 226 1508. For any further press information please call 0208 467 7647.

Sky Sports will televise live on SS2 starting at 9:30PM.

Frank Maloney Promotions also announces "Northern Rock", the first title defense by British super flyweight champion Chris Edwards, who faces Doncaster's English champion Andy Bell at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England on Friday, March 28, 2008.

On Friday, April 18, 2008, Frank Maloney Promotions return to London when British light middle champion Gary Woolcombe faces the challenge of former titleholder Ryan Rhodes at historic York Hall on "Divine Retribution". Also featured will be John McDermott and Pele Reid, who will argue the vacant English heavyweight title.

Tickets to these shows can be purchased by calling the Box Office 0871 226 1508 or by logging onto

Article posted on 02.03.2008

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