Shayne ready for title challenge

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UNBEATEN light welterweight boxer Shayne Singleton now looks set to challenge for an International Masters title.

The 23-year-old, who has a 100% record from his 12 professional bouts, had been set to face Chris Truman at De Vere Whites, situated at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium, for the vacant British Masters title on October 7th, but his Birmingham-based foe backed down with claims that he couldn’t make the weight.

Truman, with eight wins from 12, made the 140lb mark when challenging Dave Ryan’s BBBofC Midlands Area light welterweight title at Derby County’s Pride Park in April and has only exceeded that weight on five occasions, peaking at 146lbs versus Jason Nesbitt in January last year.

“He’s claiming that he can’t make the weight,” said Singleton. “He’s made 10 stone in the majority of his bouts. I believe he’s bottled it. He had about three weeks to hit that which is a lot of time to shed the weight. I’m not sure what his game is but in my opinion he’s running scared. If you’re a disciplined boxer and training hard then you should be able to make the weight.”

The title was vacated by Darren Hamilton earlier this year as he challenged Ashley Theophane’s BBBofC British light welterweight title at Aintree’s Equestrian Centre in May, and won.

Promoters had targetted Scotland’s Stuart Green as a replacement but it now seems clear that nobody in Britain will take the bout against Singleton at such short notice. As a result an opponent will now be flown in from abroad to fight for a more prized title.

Singleton hasn’t been informed who that opponent will be yet but he’s ready to make the step up. “They can’t find me anyone to fight in the UK,” said Singleton. “There’s nobody out there for me to fight for the British Masters title so they’re going to fly someone in from abroad to face me in an International Masters title fight.

“It’s a better title anyway, a step up, and it’ll put me on a bigger map. Fights like these have the potential to qualify me for a European title. I’m definitely happy with that. It’s a great title to be fighting for and I just want to find out who my opponent is now.”

Regardless of who that foe may be, Singleton has declared that he’ll get the same punishing treatment in the ring as anyone else.

“Whoever it is will get the same treatment anyway. I’ve trained really hard for this so it doesn’t matter who they put in front of me. It’s going to be harder but that’s life and I have to get through these tests if I want to become a champion.”

He added: “It’s not affected my preparations, You can’t allow your head to drop at this stage. I’m more than ready for the challenge ahead.”