DIFFICULT DECISION: Munroe
SUPER-BANTAMWEIGHT Rendall Munroe announced his retirement from boxing on December 13 at the Kings Power Stadium in Leicester.
The 32-year-old former English, Commonwealth and European champion from Leicester was stopped in the sixth round in his last contest against Scott Quigg in November and has decided to call it a day.
Known as the ‘Boxing Binman’, due to the fact that he worked as a waste collector for the majority of his boxing career, Munroe - who fought in a losing effort for the WBC title against Toshiaki Nishioka in 2010 - leaves the sport with a record of 24 wins (10 K.Os) three losses and one draw.
He told This Is Leicestershire: "It is two years since Japan and I haven't really had the opportunity since then to fight for a world title again.
"The opportunity to win more titles is withering away and that is why it is time to call it a day.”
Munroe, who turned professional in 2003, added: "It has been a very difficult decision. I've been boxing for 16, 17 years. Boxing is a selfish sport and now I have to sit back and think about the time I can spend with my family."