SHAYNE Singleton’s “War of the Roses” English title showdown with former pro footballer Curtis Woodhouse has been rescheduled.
The tenacious 23-year-old International Masters light-welterweight champion, who learned his trade at Sandygate ABC, was due to step in to the ring with Wood house on Friday, February 22nd at Rotherham’s Magna Centre.
However, a minor hand injury sustained by Woodhouse in training has forced the battle for the belt back.
The contest has now been added to the card at Coldwell Boxing’s show at Manchester’s Bowlers on March 8th and will serve as the main event.
The evening will also feature a fascinating clash between David Barnes and Ricky Godding, as well as Hosea Burton versus Carl Dilks, plus a stellar undercard including Craig Watson, Liam Conroy and Liam Hanrahan.
Promoter Dave Coldwell said: “The week got off to bad start with the news of Curtis’ injury, but everyone has worked hard to make the best out of a bad situation and we’re over the moon with the end result.
“This is a show that is going to be filled with 50-50 fights from top to bottom and I’m certain that every fight has the potential to deliver.
“It’s good to be getting along with other promoters in this game because that is how the best fights are made.
“Steve Wood is the promoter of Carl Dilks, Rick Godding and Shayne Singleton so I’m sure there will be some banter between me and Steve during the build-up.
“I know my guys are hungry and I expect the same from Steve’s fighters so it really promises to be an explosive show.”
Singleton may be the underdog for the first time in his career, pitted against a foe with a big reputation inside the ring and 17 victories from 21 contests, 11 by knockout.
But the swift-moving, methodical-thinking and crowd-pleasing boxer isn’t there to make up the numbers; he’s there to cause an upset.
“We believe we can do it, we wouldn’t take it otherwise,” declared Singleton. “It’s an absolute pleasure to even step into the ring with somebody of Curtis’s calibre, never mind fight him for an English title as well.
“He’s a big fighter with a big reputation and he’s dangerous.
“I’m taking a serious risk because he’s a big hitter and there is that chance that I could get beat, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.
“I’m confident I can come through it.
“I think I can out-skill him, out-class him and out-school him.
“He’s a brawler and most of his fights have been nominated for fight of the year.
“His bouts are fierce, toe-to-toe wars.
“Everyone will be expecting something similar this time but that won’t happen.
“I won’t fight him at his game, I’ll make him fight me at my game.”
Singleton added: “I can cause an upset if I’m at the top of my game.
“He’s going to come at me and he may just walk on to one of my shots.
“I’m not saying I’m going to knock him out because that’s only happened once in his career.
“I don’t think I’ll lose, hopefully I’ll be too clever for him.
“I just have to be disciplined and stick to my boxing and let my technique shine through.
“I won’t be pulled in to a war, I just need to keep moving.”
Singleton’s support, whether at home or away, has been spectacularly vociferous.
But this is when he needs his fans the most.
Anybody wishing to purchase a ticket can do so by contacting Shayne on 07857 476485.