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Middlesbrough's Chris Riley out to make Munroe amends


By Adam Steel


CHRIS RILEY is promising to give Josh Warrington nightmares tomorrow night following the collapse of his dream fight against Rendall Munroe.


Riley’s proposed April 9 clash against former WBC super bantamweight challenger Munroe went down the pan last week when the boxing bin man from Leicester unexpectedly left Frank Maloney to sign for Hatton Promotions.


But the silver lining for the Middlesbrough boxer is that Maloney, according to the 22-year-old's trainer Graham O'Malley, will offer him a fight deal if he beats undefeated Warrington on the London promoter’s same show at Houghton-le-Spring.


Add the fact that undefeated Warrington holds a win over Riley’s older brother John and the former junior amateur star is not short of motivation to put the Munroe disappointment behind him with a win at Rainton Meadows Arena.


Riley said: "I’m wounded over the Munroe call-off. It was a massive opportunity for me and we were up for the job.


"We had worked on every department we could think of, and even if I didn’t beat him there was no way he was going to stop me inside the distance.


"But this fight has come up and it’s 18 minutes out of my life to turn my career around and get a deal, which is what I’ve always wanted.


"I’ve watched Warrington’s fight against our John and he makes a lot of mistakes.


"I think I can outbox and outfight him and I’m cleverer than him in every department.


"He doesn’t like pressure and I think I can wear him down and might be able to take him out late on."


Twenty-year-old Warrington, from Leeds, has won all six of his professional bouts.


Riley has three wins, three defeats and two draws but has faced far stiffer competition, including current Commonwealth featherweight champion Stephen Smith and British lightweight holder Anthony Crolla.


"He hasn’t been in with anyone like me and has never been past four rounds," said Riley, whose three-year contract with Belgian manager Philippe Fondu expires in September.


"We are boxing over six and it’s a challenge mentally when you do it for the first time, especially when you have got someone decent in the other corner.


"I was supposed to box Munroe over eight but was doing 10 rounds in training.


"This is the best camp I’ve had and I haven’t had to kill myself to make the weight either, because I’ve had time to take it off."


Darlington’s Stuart Hall makes his third defence of the British super bantamweight title against John Donnelly in the main event at Rainton Meadows.




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