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Ex-binman Munroe still has world title desire

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Rendall Munroe is enjoying being back in the ring © PA Photos
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Rendall Munroe believes he can become a world champion following his return to boxing and has likened himself to an "English Bernard Hopkins".

Munroe retired from the sport in December following his defeat to Scott Quigg for the WBA super-bantamweight title, before announcing his return in April after he was unable to secure his previous job as a binman.

The 33-year-old had cited problems with his weight as a factor for hanging up his gloves, but announced on his comeback he would fight at super-featherweight - two classes above super-bantamweight.

Munroe knocked out Laszlo Fenkete in 101 seconds when stepping back into the ring in May and with his manager Mark Shenfield now targeting a September bout, the former European and Commonwealth champion still believes he can challenge for a world title.

"I still think that I can be a world champion," Munroe told the Leicester Mercury. "No disrespect to any other boxers, but when I look at what is out there in the super-featherweight division, then why aren't I good enough to be a world champion?"

"I'm enjoying it again. Before it was always on my mind about making the weight and I was concentrating on that more than anything else. Now I'm feeling fresh and feeling better.

"With boxing at this weight, two divisions up from super-bantam, I'm enjoying doing different things in terms of training and can do weights twice a week.

"We'll see what comes up and go from there. I look after myself - I'm the English version of Bernard Hopkins!"

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