Pain for Shayne after injury blow

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UNBEATEN professional fight prospect Shayne Singleton is feeling ‘The Pain’ after being forced out of tonight’s big fight night at Colne Muni.

The 21-year-old boxer, who is ranked number 32 in Britain in the light-welterweight ranks, after winning his first seven professional bouts, suffered two fractured ribs after a sparring session with Chris Johnson.

Singleton was looking to follow-up his victory over Gavin Deacon in March with a win over William Warburton, the man who forced two stalemates with Nelson boxer Chris O’Brien.

But it looks as though the Trawden Terminator will now be forced to endure a lengthy absence, with September being the target date for his return.

Singleton said: “I really wanted to fight but there’s no point in taking any risks.

“There’s another show in six weeks but the doctor has told me that I won’t be able to make that, so I won’t be fighting against until September.

“I’m absolutely gutted. It’s devastating when things like that happen.

“I was sparring and got caught with a back hand to the pectoral muscle, which has shunted my rib cage.

“I carried on sparring and going to the gym for a week but then I went for an x-ray.”

Burnley boxer Wayne Bennett was also forced to withdraw from his bout the following day at Northbridge Leisure Centre, Halifax after having to undergo surgery to repair his broken nose, an injury also sustained while sparring.

However, brother Lee will still be making his comeback against journeyman Carl Allen at Colne Muni tonight, while also on the bill are Kenny Anderson - who would have shared top billing with Singleton - along with supporting contests including Kieran Farrell, Luke Blackledge and Ali Shah.

Super featherweight Farrell takes on Bheki Moyo, super middleweight Anderson faces Carl Wild, welterweight Shah replaces Singleton and fights William Warburton, while Clitheroe super middleweight Luke Blackledge takes on Dean Walker.