It’s Shayne’s time to shine

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IT’S time to shine again for unbeaten boxer Shayne Singleton.

The stylish light-welterweight sensation is ready to embark on his ninth professional bout against Birmingham-based journeyman Sid Razak tomorrow.

The 22-year-old took the fight at Oldham Sports Centre at short notice, but admits that he relished the chance to push himself even harder in training.

“It’s all going well,” said Shayne. “Obviously it could’ve gone better because I only found out about the fight a couple of weeks ago, so I’ve taken it at short notice. But I’m ready to go now. I’ve had to put more in to get more out.

“I’ve had to really push it in training and try to work my body as much as possible. I feel spot on, my fitness is there so that’s not a worry.”

Singleton had been scheduled to fight the 38-year-old at Colne Muni earlier this year which has given him a headstart in training this time around. It’s been a case of re-capping, re-adapting and perfecting technique and posture for the young prodigy.

“I trained to fight Sid Razak before, Shayne said. “I looked at working his guard, breaking his body down then moving to his head. We’ve just been re-capping what I’ve learnt before. I’ve seen a few of his fights and I just need to make sure I don’t stand in front of him.

“He’s been getting beat but getting beat narrowly because his opponents have been letting him get involved by standing in his face. I just need to be on the move constantly which is what I do best. I’ll be on my toes, side-stepping, and throwing different kinds of body shots and working different angles.”

Shayne, whose opponent sent Damien Taggart to the canvas at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast last year, added: “He won by knockout in one of his last fights so he does come out with a win every now and again. It should be a nice learning fight for me.”

Incredibly, despite boasting an unblemished record, Razak sits just four places behind Shayne in 35th in the British light-welterweight rankings. Now Shayne is determined to change that with victory tomorrow.

He said: “I was up at 25th not so long ago but when I looked again I was back down to 31st. I’ve only lost one round in my professional career against Ali Wyatt. Hopefully another win should fire me back up again though. I just want to get out of the 30 mark and push on from there.”

Boxing promoter Frank Warren had ear-marked Shayne to fight on a bill at the Reebok Stadium at the end of the month but decided against showcasing “The Pain” as an away fighter. Shayne is now expected to feature on the undercard of one of Warren’s future enterprises, to be organised by Steve Woods, in December which will be aired on Box Nation. And that could pave the way for Shayne’s dream of a title shot.

“Title shots are what we all want,” he said. “If I keep progressing, keep learning and continue winning then I should get my reward. I want that chance soon but my coach has told me that there’s no rush because I’m only young. But I’m sure we’ll snap it up if we get the opportunity.”

Tickets are still available to see Shayne in action tomorrow and there’s still places available on the coach. To book on either contact Shayne on 07857 476485.