Photos: Mixed night for local boxers

English light welterweight champion Shayne Singleton warmed up for his first title defence with a comprehensive triumph over Kevin McCauley.

Singleton, who faces Tyrone Nurse at Manchester’s Bowler’s Arena on September 20th, outclassed and outwitted his opponent with a typically classy performance to make it 15 wins from as many professional contests.

However, there was disappointment for debutant Atif Mushtaq and Clitheroe’s Luke Blackledge.

Mushtaq, who trains with former pro Stuart McFadyen, looked to have done enough over his four rounds with journeyman Kristian Laight to secure a comfortable points victory. But much to the 25-year-old’s dismay and disbelief, referee John Latham announced that the contest was drawn.

Meanwhile, powerhouse Blackledge was cruising to a third career belt when pummeling Alastair Warren for two rounds for the super middleweight Central Area title.

The aggressive 22-year-old was unrelenting in his attack, smashing the frame and jaw of his foe.

The pair were gearing up to step out for the third round until a ringside doctor intervened, inspected a cut above the eye of Warren which was sustained in an accidental head clash in the opening round, and pulled the plug on the bout.

As the contest had not reached the required four rounds, a technical draw was awarded, and the belt remains vacant.