European Champ Martinez Arrives In England For Munroe Fight

With all the excitement generated by the two title fights happening at the 02 Arena in London on Saturday, Rendall Munroe's challenge for the European super bantamweight championship taking place this Friday at Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham has come to the fore with the arrival in England of hard hitting Spanish Bull and reigning European champion, Kiko Martinez, who landed at East Midlands airport yesterday..

"I am here to put 'The Dustman' into the dustbin, and bring my title back home with me," said Martinez. "I've already destroyed Bernard Dunne, who was supposed to be a real superstar. Munroe is just a voluntary defense for me and I see no danger; the title is staying with me."

The fight card also sees the continuing rehabilitation of former Nottingham superstar Jason Booth, who will be looking to keep his Commonwealth bantamweight title against dangerous challenger Lante Addy of Ghana, who arrived in England on Monday afternoon.

'I'm not here for a payday, I want the title and I want to build a reputation, the same as South Africa's Tshifhiwa Munyai did, by destroying the best bantamweights in Britain," said Addy. "Then, we can have an all-African clash between me and Munyai."

The surprise of the night could be light heavyweight Tyrone Wright, stepping up to face the unpredictable Brian Magee, who in his last challenge for a title was given a draw against the never say die British champion, Tony Oakey. Against the ambitious Wright, Magee knows that anything less than a convincing win could see his career coming to an end.

A fight certainly to capture the public's imagination features the slick, arrogant skills of light welterweight Scott Hayward, who goes up against the hard punching Gary Reid. This is an exciting match as neither man can afford to lose if they are to stay within title contention.

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.

Article posted on 05.03.2008

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