English light-welterweight champion Shayne Singleton has vowed to apply the pressure when he makes the first defence of his title against Tyrone Nurse.
The pair were set to meet at Bowler’s Arena in Manchester on June 1st but the contest has been postponed as the 23-year-old belt holder recovers from an injury sustained while dethroning Curtis Woodhouse in March.
Singleon boxed intelligently when fighting on the back foot to overcome the former million pound footballer, but he’s determined to take the fight to Nurse when the fight is re-scheduled for an unconfirmed date in September.
“People will see a totally different fighter when I make my defence,” claimed Singleton. “I’m going to be going forward and pushing him back this time. I’ll become the aggressor. We’re both classy boxers so one of us will have to step up.
“That’s what I’ve wanted since I turned pro. My coach Karl Ince told me there would be a time when I have to fight. That’s not happened in 14 contests but it will be happening at number 15.”
Singleton injured the knuckles on his right hand and damaged the tendons in his left thumb in the second round of his clash with Woodhouse and was forced to provide medical records to the BBBofC to have his first defence delayed.
“It’s still the same injury,” said Singleton. “Karl knew I wasn’t right and told me that we can’t be taking any risks at this stage. I don’t like having to pull out of fights but it had to be done. I couldn’t risk nursing an injury in a fight of that scale.
“Defending my title against Tyrone is a big enough risk as it is because he’s a quality fighter so I need to be at 100 per cent. If I damage it any more then it could ruin everything I’ve achieved and hamper my future. ”
Singleton, who also sustained cuts to both eyes and a broken nose when taking the former Blades midfielder’s treasured crown, added: “My body needs time to recover and rest. The fight will be staged at some point in September. That gives me more time to fully recover, prepare and work on tactics. I’ll have a 10 to 12 week training camp to work on ways to beat Tyrone which is what we did with Curtis.”
Singleton would like to thank Richard Wellock and Sons Ltd, Intershape Gym, the Bombay Lounge and Asphalt Works for their continued support and sponsorship.