Shayne Singleton is ready to take on the weight of the world in his pursuit of global glory.
The 24-year-old announced his step up to the welterweight ranks with the stoppage of durable Leon Findlay in December, and now a shot at the WBC International Silver belt awaits.
Though an opponent has yet to be announced, Singleton will fight in front of a cacophonous home crowd at Colne Muni on April 11th in his biggest test to date.
The title was relinquished by Ghana’s Patrick Allotey who defended the belt twice after originally beating Patrice Sou Toke two years ago. Allotey, ranked 24th in the world with an unblemished record from 30 contests, will now compete for the WBC International welterweight title vacated by American Shane Mosley who once took the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighter Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao the distance.
“It shows the standard and prestige of this title,” Singleton said. “It shows what winning this belt can do for your career. This is the start because I’m one win away from boosting my standing in the division which will open up more avenues for me.”
Singleton, forced to relinquish his prized Lonsdale belt last term after beating Curtis Woodhouse on points in an exhilarating bout at Bowler’s Arena in Manchester, added: “It’s a massive honour to be fighting for such a prestigious belt. Not so long ago I was devastated to have had to give up my English title, but stepping up in weight is paying off now. It took me a while to get over relinquishing that title but it’s provided me with another great opportunity and my career is back on the move again.
“It will be a foreign opponent. They can come over from anywhere in the world with it being the WBC. My first title fight was against a foreign opponent and I dealt with him, but this will be a completely different challenge, at a better level, against a higher calibre of opponent.
“It’s easily the biggest fight of my career and to do it in my home town is fantastic. Winning this would really boost my standing in the WBC rankings and put my name among the other elite fighters at welterweight. I remember the incredible feeling of moving in to the top 20 in Britain, I was over the moon, but this would be an unbelievable achievement.”
Anybody wanting to pre-book tickets for the contest can contact Shayne on 07857 476485.