Shayne ready to dish out the ‘pain’

READY TO RUMBLE: Shayne Singleton

READY TO RUMBLE: Shayne Singleton

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English light-welterweight champion Shayne Singleton continues his journey towards his first title defence tonight.

The 23-year-old will appear on VIP Promotions ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ show at Bolton’s Reebok Arena tonight, though it’s still unclear who he’ll be facing.

With a career-defining bout against Tyrone Nurse scheduled for September, Singleton is keen to keep ticking over. Giuseppe Lauri was the likely opponent, but his withdrawal now leaves Kevin McCauley in the frame.

The 33-year-old, from Brighton, fights at light middleweight - two classes above Singleton - and has fought the likes of Chad Gaynor and Ronnie Heffron.

“My title isn’t being put on the line so we’re struggling to find an opponent,” said Singleton. “They are going to have to get a late substitute in which I’m not too happy about.

“I’ve seen some of his fights and he’s a scrapper so he’ll give me a test. He usually fights at two weight classes above me as well so he’ll be strong.

“He’s a bit of a journeyman though and I didn’t want to go back to that. I wanted to stay at the same level and fight a prospect.

“I won’t be taking him lightly though. I’ve worked really hard so I want to get in the ring. I’ll fight whoever is put in front of me because the aim is still the same - to win.

“I can’t afford not to fight, otherwise there would be a six-month gap between me winning the title against Curtis Woodhouse and going in to defend it against Tyrone Nurse.

“You can do all the sparring you want but it’s not the same. This guy has been in the ring with some good, up-and-coming prospects so it should be a decent test.”

Meanwhile, Nelson boxer Atif Mushtaq is also awaiting confirmation of an opponent ahead of his debut on the same bill.

The 22-year-old, who is under the tutelage of former pro Stuart McFadyen, has been working hard towards his bow following the postponement of his bout at Colne Muni in May.

“I’m feeling really confident ahead of my debut. The atmosphere is great at the Reebok and it’s a good chance to show people what I’ve got. I can’t wait to get inside the ring at such a great arena.”