After being forced to relinquish his prized English title, Shayne Singleton is preparing to step up in weight and cause a stir.
The 23-year-old had been scheduled to face Tyrone Nurse at Manchester’s Bowling Exhibition Centre tonight with the victor going on to tackle Darren Hamilton for the prestigious Lonsdale Belt.
But the fight has been cancelled after Singleton (15-0-0) was unable to hit the championship weight despite punishing himself both physically and emotionally to make the grade. Not even six hour-long sweat runs could aid his plight.
“Usually the weight just falls off me and I’m fine,” he said. “I was in a mess this time and there was no chance I was getting down to 10st. There was nothing else left in my body and I was draining myself so much that I was just making myself ill.
“Having to vacate my title is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life. I’ve been in tears over this. I’ve trained for 14 years to win an English title so this hasn’t been easy.
“At the end of the day I’ve grown and there’s nothing I can do about that. I’ll have to step up to welterweight and make a statement there. I think I’m big enough and strong enough for it and hopefully I’ll be seen as a top prospect.”