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Johnny's predicting victory for Munroe on Saturday night

Johnny Nelson Posted 14th June 2012 view comments

Rendall Munroe should not be underestimated ahead of Saturday's fight with up and coming Scott Quigg.

The pair will go head-to-head live on Sky for the interim WBA super-bantamweight title in a bout which is a big moment for both men.

Munroe goes in as the underdog. He's gone under the radar since his points defeat to WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka, despite doing himself proud out in Japan.

Johnny is predicting a surprise win for Munroe (right) on Saturday night

Johnny is predicting a surprise win for Munroe (right) on Saturday night

He's won three times since then, including two defences of the WBA International super bantamweight title he took off Andrei Isaeu in April 2011.

But he hasn't got the hype the likes of Quigg have got. No one has been talking about him and when no one talks about you no one gives you chance. A lot of people are writing him off but I think he's got a lot more to give.

It's important to remember how much experience Munroe's got. He's fought at world level and this is a real big chance for him to prove himself again.

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Yes, he may not be the most exciting, powerful fighter out there but of him, Quigg and Carl Frampton - who'll be next in line for the winner - I'd give Munroe the edge.

It's important to remember how much experience he's got. He's fought at world level and this is a real big chance for him to prove himself again.

Underestimated

Hopefully Quigg hasn't underestimated him and started thinking of a match up with Frampton later this year.

Quigg's real threat is his strength. He's also got a good engine, he's young, he's fresh and he's aggressive so he's got a lot going for him. He's undefeated (24-0) and before stopping Jamie Arthur last time out he got his biggest win against Jason Booth in October. On the night he stopped Booth in the seventh to win the British super-bantamweight title and really show he's got what it takes.

He's got a background in martial arts and he's very competent when the bout turns into a fight. Make no mistake, he's a good boxer too.

However, I just feel this fight may have come a little early for Quigg. I'm expecting it to be a good fight - a well-matched fight - but Munroe's experience may just prove to be crucial.

Munroe on points

I'm predicting a points victory for Munroe after a hard-fought battle. If he does lose, it wouldn't be the end of the line for Quigg. He's young and he can certainly come back stronger. However, defeat would be the end of the line for Munroe. He knows that and he knows what an opportunity this is. And, despite his status as underdog, I expect him to take it.

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