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Colne's Singleton set for English belt battle
COLNE boxer Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton has vowed to bring the English light welterweight title back to his home town tonight – and reckons he owes a moment of glory to his ‘amazing’ fans.
The 23-year-old class act steps into the ring at Trafford Park against former footballer and current belt holder Curtis Woodhouse and will be backed by an army of around 300 screaming and cheering fight fans from the town.
And he says he has to beat the Yorkshireman to reward those supporters, who will raise the roof of the Bowlers complex when their hero walks to the ring for the biggest fight of his career.
“They are incredible, amazing,” he said. “You know, I can’t actually picture myself fighting if they weren’t there.
“Just the thought of the noise they make actually makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.”
The Karl Ince trained Singleton has an unblemished record with 13 wins from his 13 contests, the last one being the points success over Santos Medrano last October which saw him crowned as the International Masters champion.
That belt was the first won by a fighter from Colne – and Singleton is now hungry for more.
“Obviously the International Masters was nice, but this is what I’ve trained for, it’s miles bigger,” he said.
“I want to be English champion, and then I want to go and win the British title. I have been well managed and well trained and not had too many fights.
“Everything has been schooled towards championships.”
Singleton admits that the battle with former Sheffield United star Woodhouse is his toughest to date – and says as soon it was announced he got a taste of the big time thanks to the internet.
He got involved with a Twitter spat with Woodhouse and his fans, and added: “That was a real shock.
“I am not really into sitting behind a keyboard saying what I am going to do to someone or calling someone else out – it’s just not my style. I prefer to let my talking come in the ring where it matters.
“But as soon as I realised just how well my training was going I did have a little bite back.
“I am so looking forward to the fight, it means everything to me.
“I know it will be tough. I know Woodhouse likes a war, but I also know that I will out-box him.”
The teetotal Singleton is fully focused on Woodhouse, and admits he won’t know how to celebrate if the referee utters the words ‘The winner and the new...”
“I don’t know what I’ll do,” he smiled. “It probably won’t sink in until long after I am back in the dressing room or even the day after.
“I am not thinking of that though, and I am certainly not thinking of losing.
“This is what I have worked for so many years to do – and I want that belt.”