Opportunity knocks for Pendle welterweight boxer Shayne Singleton.
The 26-year-old, undeterred by the cruel blow dealt by elusive Irishman John O’Donnell in recent weeks, is remaining positive and looking ahead.
Following on from his eighth round stoppage of Gary Cooper in December, the British number 12 will now hope to register his 22nd professional triumph when stepping in to the ring at Wigan Robin Park on February 20th.
Beyond that, should he come through unscathed, the world is Singleton’s oyster. Manager Steve Wood is pursuing an eliminator for the British title to put on his VIP Promotions show at Victoria Warehouse next month.
“We’re on the verge of an English title challenge or another shot at a British title eliminator,” he said. “Sam Eggington may vacate the title if he beats Bradley Skeete or I could be in line to take on Skeete if he wins.
“There are still a lot of options open for me which is why I can’t take too much of a risk in my next fight. I just need to keep ticking over, stay fit and keep the ring rust off.
“Everything is just so close and I’m waiting for my opportunity. The doors are there to be opened, I’ve just got to keep busy and wait for my chance to come along again. I’m pushing myself 100% now.
Singleton, who has endured a week of hill sprints and long distance runs in the sweltering heat in Fuerteventura, is also eyeing up his second English title.
Curtis Woodhouse’s conqueror is hoping to challenge is hoping to challenge the winner of Johnny Garton and Tyler Goodjohn. The pair meet for the vacant belt at York Hall, London, on March 19th after Steve Goodwin won the purse bid.
“Adam Little vacated the belt after moving down to light welterweight,” said Singleton. “I would love to win another English title. To be a two-weight English champion would be a great achievement.”
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• Singleton had been expected to go head-to-head with O’Donnell in a British title eliminator at 147lbs before his opponent’s unexplained withdrawal.
The pair had been penned in as chief support for David Haye’s comeback win versus Aussie fighter Mark de Mori at the O2 Arena in London last month.