There’s no shame in losing to Sam Eggington. The Birmingham fighter has had a fantastic 2015; picking up Commonwealth and British welterweight titles and now recognised as one of the UK’s best talents. Shayne Singleton is kicking himself though after losing to the Midlands man in March.
At the Ice Arena in Hull, Singleton looked good at times but – buoyed by his own success – chose to get involved in a war and was stopped in five rounds. Reflecting on that defeat, his first in 21 contests, Colne’s Singleton says he has learned the hard way to follow orders.
“We trained for 10 weeks to a game plan and I didn’t stick to it,” explained Shayne. “I had that good a first round, I got carried away and thought I could have a scrap with him, but obviously I couldn’t get away with it. It backfired. If I get someone hurt in future then I’ll pile in, but I know I’m more of a boxer than a fighter now.
“I believe if I’d have stuck to my boxing I’d have won, and I’m 100 per cent confident of beating him if I fight him again. Obviously I need to earn my spot again by winning an eliminator for either the Commonwealth or British titles, but whatever I need to do to get a fight with him again, I’ll do it.”
After falling off the proverbial bike, Shayne gets back in the saddle on December 12 at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. With a broken eye socket sustained in sparring derailing an October clash with former British title challenger Steve Williams, ‘The Pain’ is desperate for ring-action and looking forward to his ding-dong on the Fylde Coast. Undeterred by defeat, the 26-year-old sounds as confident as ever and is eyeing a big 2016 to prove any doubters wrong.
“If I’d have gone in [against Eggington], stuck to the game plan and still been beat then I’d hold my hand up and say I was beaten by a better fighter. And of course I was beaten by a better fighter on the night but that wasn’t how I should have been performing. So it hasn’t dented my confidence, it’s made me better. It’s made me realise what I can and can’t get away with at this level. I can’t be banging my gloves together and saying ‘let’s have a fight’!
“I can’t wait for this show in Blackpool. It’s been too long; the Steve Williams fight would have been brilliant for me after my loss but injury put paid to it. I’ve wanted to be back sooner than this though, so I’m raring to go. It’s a really important time in my career to show I can come back and progress. I want a good win in Blackpool and then we’re on the go again.”
“Shayne paid a heavy price for getting involved in the wrong kind of fight against Eggington,” reiterated promoter Steve Wood. “Sam is obviously very good but Shayne looked equal to him before getting over confident. It’s all a learning process though and he’s still young. We’ll see what he looks like on this show, and get him back in the mix next year. The Winter Gardens is a great boxing venue and this card has some top names on it like Commonwealth champ Luke Blackledge, Matty Askin and Rick Skelton, so it’s going to be a very entertaining night.”
VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on December 12. Appearing will be Accrington’s Commonwealth super-middleweight champ Luke Blackledge; Colne’s Shayne Singleton; Blackpool’s Matt Askin and RP Davies; Lancaster’s Tomi Tatham; Cumbria’s Rick Skelton; Liverpool’s Tommy Carus; Bury’s Ali Zahid; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield; Glossop’s Adam Hague, and ex-pro footballer turned boxer Matt Mainwaring.
Tickets priced at £30 (general), £50 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv and Eventim.co.uk. The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv