Shayne Singleton is relishing his maiden English light-welterweight title defence against Tyrone Nurse.
The 23-year-old, who dethroned Curtis Woodhouse last month, will return to Manchester’s Bowler’s Arena on June 1st to face the 2011 Prizefighter finalist after Coldwell Boxing won the purse bid to stage the contest.
Yorkshireman Nurse has that solitary defeat to Adil Anwar on his record from 26 outings while Singleton still boasts a perfect record from 14 professional bouts.
“I can’t wait for it,” said Singleton. “It’s a different kind of fight for me.
“This will give me the licence to step forward and fight how I really want to. I don’t have to stick to the philosophy of fighting off the back foot and allowing my opponent to walk on to me.
“I’m going to have to go forward because he won’t come on to me and pressure me.
“He’s a very classy boxer so I’ll need to apply the pressure and make it uncomfortable for him.
“I won’t be a standing target for him so I’ll take it to him but in a different way to what Curtis Woodhouse did to me. I certainly won’t attack him in straight lines and just throw bombs.
“It’s a massive honour to have the opportunity to defend an English title and it feels great.
“It’s an absolute pleasure. Most people get a hand-picked defence but the BBBofC have made my defence versus Tyrone Nurse mandatory.
“Dave Coldwell has won the purse bid to have it on his show so he obviously feels it will be a superb contest to have at the top of the bill.
“It’s got all the hallmarks to be a great fight.
“It’ll be nice to go back to the place where it all happened for me. I like it at Bowlers, I’ve had some good nights there in my career.
“I can’t wait to return and defend my title. I’m really confident. I know what I’m capable of, I just don’t know how to lose.
“Tyrone won’t have the strength or power that Curtis has but it will be a very tactical fight.
“I won’t be put under the same pressure but he’s got great, technical boxing ability.”
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