Rendall Munroe knows he is in tip-top shape for next month’s big world title fight after out-pacing a pack of dogs during last week’s warm-weather training camp in Portugal.
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The Leicester binman left the mutts for dead during an amazing hill run in the Algarve, which was filmed for Japanese TV.
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Munroe (right) with 21 wins and 1 loss will challenge for Toshiaki Nishioka’s (36-4-3) WBC super-bantamweight title at Tokyo’s 10,000 capacity Sumo Hall on Sunday October 24.
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When Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries did the same run 12 months ago, the dogs forced him off track and he got lost for two hours.
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When the pack of barking dogs saw Munroe, he sped up despite 80 degree heat and soon the animals were left to whimper for water.
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Promoter Frank Maloney said: “When the dogs saw Tony and his pals he lost his way, but Rendall kept running and running even though they were jumping all over the place.
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“It says a lot about Rendall because he completed the four-mile hill course almost a minute quicker than any other fighter I have taken on that run.
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“I have never met a fighter so single-minded and he is totally unfazed about what awaits him.
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“His laid back attitude reminds me of Lennox Lewis and travelling to the other side of the world will not affect his performance.”
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Southpaw Munroe, 30, added: “The running facilities in Portugal were phenomenal. It was good viewing and good roads and the stamina work on the hills was ideal.
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“There was a Japanese TV crew following us everywhere and that was highly entertaining, but great fun. They were really nice people.”
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For Munroe fans wishing to attend the fight tickets can be purchased from www.frankmaloney.com. Prices for fans wishing to make the trip are £55, £90, £170, £230 and £380 (RINGSIDE).

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