The mascot High Viz vests will be worn with pride in the Sumo Hall in Tokyo on Sunday evening. Over 100 Rendall Munroe supporter’s have flew over and will light-up the Japanese capital in florescent yellow jackets in support of their boxing hero from Leicester.

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Munroe will be up against it when he challenges WBC Super-bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka in the champions home city in-front of 15,000 of his adoring fan’s who call him ‘The Prince’ and idolise the local favorite.
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The punching Midland bin man, has took unpaid time off work as a refuse collector to challenge the formidable, skillful champion on the other side of the world. Munroe will receive £100,000 for his effort, and believes his size may give him the upper hand. He is confident that the training regime he has embarked on with his team, will stand him in good stead to dethrone Nishioka and realise his dream of becoming the world champ.
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Munroe (21-1), who says after the fight he will return to work on the bins as champion of the world, last fought in April, in an eliminator fight, impressively stopping Mexican Victor Terrazas in the ninth round to secure this title shot as mandatory challenger.
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Turning professional in September 2003 at featherweight, because he found it difficult to get opponents at super bantam. Munroe stopped journeyman Joel Viney in the 3rd round at the Harvey Hadden Leisure Center in Nottingham on his debut.
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Winning his first ten fights he was then offered a British featherweight title shot in 2006 against Manchester’s Andy Morris, who was making his first defence of the belt in Edinburgh.
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Munroe lost that first title tilt on a 12 round unanimous decision to Morris and then took a year out of the ring to lick his wounds and contemplate his future as a fighter.
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Munroe, came back to the ring after his layoff, determined to cement his place in the super bantamweight a division one below the featherweight limit, a weight he claims to make easy and as been campaigning at ever since. The decision to do this was probably the best professional choice Rendall ever made.
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Three fights later he beat Marc Callaghan for the vacant English super bantamweight title and then secured a surprise European title shot against dangerous champion Kiko Martinez on home turf produced a career-best performance to date to snatch the belt from the Spaniard with a majority decision win.

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Five defences later – including another defeat over Martinez in a rematch – Munroe picked up the vacant Commonwealth belt out-pointing Ghanaian Isaac Nettey.
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Munroe, the beaten featherweight domestic fighter of 2006, has blossomed into a super-bantamweight specimen, seasoned into a top draw boxer that other world class fighters have been keen to avoid.

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He then came of age in his last fight stopping Terrazas in brutal fashion in the ninth round his last fight in April, booking this world title tilt against Nishioka.
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The Leicester man has been altitude training in Portugal which his team hope will enable Munroe to adjust to the Japanese climate.
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Munroe 30, flew out to Japan this week on his mission to become world champ, joined by trainer Jason Shinfield, manager and father of Jason Mike Shinfield, his conditioning coach Hardip Singh and promoter Frank Maloney.

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The humble Rendall ‘2 Tone’ Munroe is a true working class hero, a family man who is a committed and consummate professional boxer, holding down his ‘bread and butter’ day job on the rubbish, while working his way to the pinnacle of a pugilists career, a real gent and a great role model who deserves his crack at the big time.
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Nishioka (36-4-3, 23 KO) has been beaten before, but 2 of those losses came as a teenager, where he fought his way through the tough Japanese boxing system, and the other 2 losses came in 4 fights against Thai legend, Veeraphol Sahaprom.
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Nishioka 34, is unbeaten in 13 fights since losing his WBC bantamweight title against  Sahaprom in 2004. The Japanese southpaw champion is in the peak of his career, five of his last six fights were early stoppages and he will be a tough act to shift for Munroe.
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Can Rendall overcome the champion to claim his title?
Watch Toshiaki Nishioka in the first defense of his WBC super bantamweight title against Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez in Mexico – May 2009

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But the hungry British challenger feels his bigger physical size will be a deciding factor in the fight as he plans to out muscle and out-work and dethrone the smaller champion, in this clash of southpaws.
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“I think there is a very big size difference between us. said Munroe.
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“When I first saw him, I said to my trainer ‘no disrespect to the guy but I think I’m going to eat him’.”
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Munroe added: “It’s one of those things, sometimes, you look at certain opponents and you think these are the benefits you’ve got.
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“He is world champion, so he’s good, strong and he’s knocked a few lads out.
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“So, I’m not going in there underestimating him or disrespecting him in any way. I’m going in there for a good 12 rounds.”
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Promoter Frank Maloney, who along with Munroe met Nishioka at the recent WBC Night of Champions event in Cardiff, said: “They were very humble and pleasant people and this is one fight that will not be overshadowed by trash talk.
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“I have to say they are very professional people and I am sure there will be fair play when we travel.
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“Going to Japan doesn’t faze Rendall at all and he is the most laid back fighter I have worked with since Lennox Lewis.”
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The fight is to be shown live on SkySports after Frank Maloney had to pursued the TV channel to show the fight which is out of their usual Saturday night fight schedule.
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British Boxing fans owe Maloney one for insistence in securing this fight for UK TV, which apparently Sky deliberated on for weeks about showing, before giving Maloney Promotions the green light and the fans a real Sunday evening treat as we get behind our man going for glory on foreign soil.
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Without Sky, I think it is fair to say that without their coverage and continued support of our game over the years and their commitment to do so, There wouldn’t be any British boxing coverage at all, now that terrestrial TV have waved good bye to our noble art.
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Rendall can win this fight all weighed up, he is a bigger fighter as he points out and that could be a telling factor, but his high work rate and accurate punching could see southpaw Munroe out shooting southpaw Nishioka and winning a points verdict.
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Trying to get a decision on away territory in the champions back yard is another matter, judges could be swayed in favor of the home fighter and Munroe will have to leave no room for doubt, that will require him to fight the fight of his life. 

The late Reg Gutteridge used to quip that British boxers often needed a knockout to get a draw when fighting abroad for a title and I wouldn’t rule a draw out! Nishioka already has 3 draws on his record in fights in Japan.

With both being southpaws, there is the problem of them treading on each others feet and a clash of styles that could make for a untidy fight and a close contest.
Having said that, I see the judges being kind to Rendall and awarding him a hard earned victory on split decision to realise a dream and come home a hero and the latest British boxing flag bearer.

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By Chris Maylett
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