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Munroe is in the Far East preparing for Sunday's showdown with the big-punching champion Toshiaki Nishioka in Tokyo.


Munroe 30, flew out to Japan last 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.


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 bins, while working his way to the pinnacle of a pugilists career, even after this fight Munroe will continue to work, win, lose or draw.


But the “Boxing Bin-Man” deserves to have the media spotlight on him, as he has not been gifted this title shot. Rendall has done it the old fashioned way, winning the British, Commonwealth and European super-bantamweight titles before moving on to the world scene.


And, what media attention he has received!


"The reception Rendall has had has been unbelievable," said his manager Mike Shinfield. "When we arrived at the airport there was a lot of press and TV cameras to meet us.


"Then on Monday he did an open work-out at the Teiken Gym in Tokyo. There must have been 50 or 60 press there as well as TV cameras.


"Even when Rendall had finished his work-out there were still reporters there who wanted to speak to him.


"Everybody wants to ask the same questions but he is handling it well."Shinfield believes that Munroe impressed the assembled media – and possibly even took some of them aback.


"I think they were surprised," said Shinfield. "When Rendall did the last little bit he did some groundwork and took his top off.


"When they saw the shape of his body there were a few dropped jaws."


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.


Not only is the champion fighting in his hometown, but 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, with five of his last six fights ending in early stoppages


But Rendall has one goal in mind, to become a world champion and Shinfield says Munroe cannot wait to get into the ring.


"We've not had any problems while we have been over here," he added. "We have been treated very well. The hotel has been good, the training has been good.


"Rendall is in excellent shape and his weight is bang on."


Nishioka conducted his own public work-out at the same gym at the end of last week.


However, the two will not meet face to face until Friday, when they are due to hold a pre-fight press conference.


That will be staged in the Tokyo Dome Hotel, which is in the shadow of one of the city's most famous venues.


The pair will then weigh-in on Saturday afternoon, a little more than 24 hours ahead of the title fight, which is set for early evening Tokyo time.


The fight is to be shown live on SkySports after promoter Frank Maloney had to pursuaded the TV channel to show the fight which is out of their usual Saturday night fight schedule.



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