UNBEATEN boxer Shayne Singleton is praying for the ultimate pleasure and pain experience.
The 21-year-old has fought hard to recover from a rib injury sustained during a sparring session just over a month ago but now he’s looking to erase the pernicious memories of injury by claiming victory over stubborn opponent William Warburton.
“I can’t wait,” said Singleton. “I’m feeling good and ready to go. It’s been a long time coming and I’ve noticed it this time because it affected my fitness. I had three or four weeks away from the gym and I didn’t do any training because of my ribs.
“I had never felt so unfit in my life and I was sick after every session. I’ve only had five weeks preparation for this fight and I normally have nine. I’ve had to change bits and bats of my routine to fit everything in.”
Fight fans will be familiar with Singleton’s adversary; nearly two years ago Warburton silenced the Barmy Army after defacing Nelson boxer Chris O’Brien’s unblemished record when referee Steve Gray awarded a draw at Colne Muni. The 24-year-old Atherton-based fighter then repeated the feat just months later when Michael Alexander adjudged the bout to be even.
However, the light-welterweight from Colne, who has been victorious in all seven of his fights since jumping in to the professional ranks, is adamant that his training and pre-fight preparations will pay off in style.
“My opponent William Warburton is awkward and a slippery fighter,” he said. “I’ve been training with taller lads like Ali Shah, who is 6ft. 3in. tall, to prepare for the fight. The plan is to work the body and incorporate plenty of head movement and then when I’ve got him on the back foot launch to his head.”
Warburton is renowned for his ‘brawling’ style of boxing, enticing his rivals in to the centre of the ring before engaging them in war. But Singleton’s craft is artistic; an expertly sculpted approach which embodies, speed, movement, invention and precision and it will undoubtedly damage Warburton.
“There’s no doubt he’ll try and brawl with me,” Singleton said. “But if you hit him early on and let him know that you’re a big hitter then it will force him on the back foot. Chris O’Brien was brought in to the middle of the ring by him and he got involved in a brawl. You just need to box against him and not get involved. I don’t want a war.”
He added: “I’m going to let him know that I’m there and push him back. But sometimes your plan changes once the bout is underway. It may be different so you just have to adapt your style to suit the situation. He’s slippery which makes him a good fighter. His hands are down and his feet are everywhere. I can’t under-estimate him.”
An eighth victory on Singleton’s record would not only see him continue his deserved assent up the British rankings, it would move him closer to that title shot he craves so much.
“I’ve been speaking to a promoter about a central area shot and he said it may come in two more fights,” he said. “That would be great. I’d like to do an eight round fight and then hopefully 10 rounds for a title fight.”
For tickets to see Shayne in action on Sunday at Colne Muni, with boxing commencing at 4 p.m., call 07857 476485.