To be a champion, you’ve got to train like a champion.
That’s the philosophy that English light welterweight title holder Shayne Singleton has lived by and that’s the attitude that has seen the 24-year-old rewarded with incalculable success.
Hailing from a small town in East Lancashire, Singleton once fostered ambitious dreams to feature on such a podium in the boxing sphere. But now he’s just days away from facing the first defence of his precious belt on Dave Coldwell’s ‘The Real Deal’ show at Bowler’s Exhibition Centre in Manchester.
Not only that, but Matchroom Sports’ Eddie Hearn also confirmed that the victor of Singleton and one-time Prizefighter finalist Tyrone Nurse would go on to challenge Darren Hamilton for the British title on a bill aired live on Sky Sports.
Coach Karl Ince has sculpted Singleton in to magnificent shape. And it’s no surprise. In the gym Singleton has powered through arduous sessions of skipping, shadow boxing, sparring and pad work.
On the track he’s undergone an explosive athletics regime of 15x400m, 10x300m, 5x200m and 5x100m runs while on the farm he’s fought through a strength and condition programme that’s included a 90kg sledge push over 100m, squats, deadlifts, pull ups, telegraph poles, ropes, tractor tyre tipping and a 110kg farmer’s walk also over 100m. That’s just a brief summary.
“I’m feeling great,” Singleton said. “I’m feeling stronger than I’ve ever been in my career. I’m ready for it and I want this more than anything. It’s serious business now because it’s been confirmed that the winner will face Darren Hamilton for the British title.
“To be one step away from a British title challenge is incredible. I never thought this day would come so soon. I’m only 24 so it’s still early in my career. All my dreams are in touching distance so I’m really starting to believe now.”
He added: “Tyrone Nurse has been quite disrespectful to be honest. He seems to be overlooking me and already looking ahead to Hamilton. But Curtis Woodhouse did the same and he got his comeuppance and I’m glad that happened.
“I can’t see Tyrone being able to cope with my strength over 10 rounds. I’m going to break him down and take him out late on. Everyone know’s he’s a classy, skillful boxer who has made some good fighters look ordinary. But I’ll be bang on the mark and I’ll beat him. This is the biggest fight of my life but the next one could be even bigger.”
Anybody wanting tickets for next Friday’s showdown can contact Shayne on 07857 476485.