Shayne Singleton will make his long-awaited homecoming on December 6th when he returns to the Colne Muni for the first time in two years.
Plenty has happened since then with victories over Santos Medrano and, more spectacularly, Curtis Woodhouse earning him respective International Masters and English light welterweight titles.
And the venue where he made his pro bow four years ago will now stage the first fight of his voyage in the welterweight division.
Singleton, forced to relinquish his prized English belt after stepping up in weight, said: “That’s out of my system now and I’m looking forward to what’s coming next. I was going to fight in Wigan but I couldn’t turn down the chance to return to Colne. I love fighting there.
“It’s going to be nice going back where it all began. I’ve missed that atmosphere where it sounds like the crowd is in the ring with you. There’s nowhere else like it.”
Singleton can develop more naturally now, instead of physically and mentally punishing himself to make the 10st bracket of light welterweight. And it now means that his physique will see his agility and fitness accentuated by strength and power.
“I can feel myself getting stronger now,” he said. “I think this will be the time where stoppages come now.
“You can see the difference in sparring already where I’ve been pushing bigger lads around the ring.
“It’s a natural progression I’ve had to make.”
While Chris Truman is being touted as the perspective opponent in December, Singleton is already looking ahead to potential title shots.
With Frankie Gavin preparing to defend his Commonwealth title for a second time just days before Christmas, and having defended his British title on three occasions, the 28-year-old Brummie is expected to vacate those belts in search of more lucrative hauls.
“It feels quite strange almost having to start again,” said Singleton.
“But I won’t be starting from the bottom. I’m focussing on getting a win ahead of 2014 and then building towards a shot at one of Frankie’s titles if he vacates them.”
Shayne would like to thank Intershape Gym, Richard Wellock & Sons Ltd, Bombay Lounge and Asphalt Works for their continued sponsorship and support.