Rendall Munroe knows he is in tip-top shape for next month’s big world title fight after outpacing a pack of dogs during last week’s warm-weather training camp in Portugal.
The Leicester binman left the mutts for dead during an amazing hill run in the Algarve, which was filmed for Japanese TV.
Munroe (21-1) will challenge for Toshiaki Nishioka’s (36-4-3) WBC super-bantamweight title at Tokyo’s 10,000 capacity Sumo Hall on Sunday October 24.
When Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries did the same run 12 months ago, the dogs forced him off track and he got lost for two hours. When the pack of barking dogs saw Munroe, he sped up despite 80 degree heat and soon the animals were left to whimper for water.
Promoter Frank Maloney said: “When the dogs saw Tony and his pals he lost his way, but Rendall kept running and running even though they were jumping all over the place.
“It says a lot about Rendall because he completed the four-mile hill course almost a minute quicker than any other fighter I have taken on that run.
“I have never met a fighter so single-minded and he is totally unfazed about what awaits him.
“His laid back attitude reminds me of Lennox Lewis and travelling to the other side of the world will not affect his performance.”
Southpaw Munroe, 30, added: “The running facilities in Portugal were phenomenal. It was good viewing and good roads and the stamina work on the hills was ideal.
“There was a Japanese TV crew following us everywhere and that was highly entertaining, but great fun. They were really nice people.”
September 20, 2010