Title joy as Singleton shines

Shayne Singleton

Shayne Singleton

First published in Latest Sport

CLASS act Shayne Singleton is ready for even more success after his hometown of Colne cheered as one on Friday to celebrate the biggest night of boxing glory East Lancashire has seen.

The 24-year-old overwhelmed Hungarian slugger Laszlo Fazekas at a packed to the rafters Muni to be crowned the WBC International welterweight Silver champion – a win that saw the best fighter to ever come out of Colne claim a third boxing belt.

It also extended his professional record to 17 wins from 17 contests – and it was almost a stroll.

Fazekas, a late replacement for Spaniard Jose del Rio, landed in Colne with a record of 14 knockouts from his 19 wins and was expected to test Singleton’s resolve.

But Singleton proved his class from the first bell and was in a different league to the Hungarian and he was too quick and too classy throughout as he jabbed with devastating effect.

In the end the contest went the full 10 rounds with Singleton taking the decision by a landslide 100-90 on two cards and 100-91 on the other.

That announcement sent the capacity crowd into raptures – and while Singleton knows he will probably have had his last fight in his home town thanks to his popularity outgrowing the venue, he admits the fans are special.

“My support is amazing and I love them all to bits,” he said. “They make a difference to me and they have been there all the way with 17 wins from 17 fights and three titles.

“Winning this fight will help my ranking with the WBC and hopefully open a few doors but my aim is a shot at the British title.”

It was a good night all round for local fighters on the Colne bill with Accrington’s light-heavyweight Luke Blackledge seeing off Jody Meikle on points over six rounds.

Blackburn’s welterweight Kurt Grieve knocked Smethwick’s Zimbabwean Disney Huni down in the second round.

Nelson’s Atif Mushtaq beat Dan Carr on points in his four-round light-welterweight bout and Qasim Niaz recorded a similar result in his light-middleweight win over Dee Mitchell.

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