Shayne Singleton in great shape for first defence

Shayne Singleton
Shayne Singleton

To be a champion, you’ve got to train like a champion.

That’s the philosophy that English light welterweight title holder Shayne Singleton has lived by and that’s the attitude that has seen the 24-year-old rewarded with incalculable success.

The former Sandygate ABC fighter is just a week away from the first defence of his precious belt on Dave Coldwell’s ‘The Real Deal’ show at Bowler’s Exhibition Centre in Manchester.

Not only that, but Matchroom Sports’ Eddie Hearn also confirmed that the victor of Singleton and one-time Prizefighter finalist Tyrone Nurse would go on to challenge Darren Hamilton for the British title on a bill aired live on Sky Sports.

Coach Karl Ince has sculpted Singleton in to magnificent shape. And Singleton said: “I’m feeling great.

“I’m feeling stronger than I’ve ever been in my career. I’m ready for it and I want this more than anything. It’s serious business now because it’s been confirmed that the winner will face Darren Hamilton for the British title.

“To be one step away from a British title challenge is incredible. I never thought this day would come so soon. I’m only 24 so it’s still early in my career. All my dreams are in touching distance so I’m really starting to believe now.”

He added: “Tyrone Nurse has been quite disrespectful to be honest. He seems to be overlooking me and already looking ahead to Hamilton. But Curtis Woodhouse did the same and he got his comeuppance.”