Sam Eggington halts Shayne Singleton in battle of welterweight prospects
Last Updated: 08/03/15 7:40am
Sam Eggington further enhanced his reputation with a fifth-round stoppage win over Shayne Singleton.
The exciting 21-year-old continued his rise up the domestic welterweight rankings after he floored the previously unbeaten Singleton three times to prompt the intervention of referee Victor Loughlin.
In the opening round, Singleton appeared to settle well and picked off his aggressive foe with crisp counter punching.
But Eggington suddenly seized control in the second round, uncorking a big left hook which sent Singleton crashing backwards.
Fighting on unsteady legs, the former English champion clung on until the bell and received a stern lecture from his trainer Karl Ince.
These harsh words appeared to have little effect as Eggington bullied him backwards with crunching shots at close range.
Singleton wore a stunned expression, seemingly surprised by the ferocity of his opponent’s attacks, but he briefly stemmed the assault with a crisp combination in the fourth.
This proved a fleeting show of resistance and Eggington finished the job in the fifth. A big right hand sent Singleton back to the canvas and he rose again, only to be floored a third time by a follow up assault.
Referee Loughlin had seen enough, waving off the fight despite Singleton’s desperate pleas.
In another undercard clash, Rocky Fielding laboured to a points win over Latvian Olegs Fedotovs.
The 27-year-old super-middleweight has been calling for a clash with fellow Liverpudlian Paul Smith, but did little to stake his claims during a turgid encounter.
He struggled to put a dent in his stubborn foe, who caught him with the occasional counter, and Fielding was forced to settle for the 80-72 verdict.
Light-middleweight Tom Knight battled back from two knockdowns to claim a 75-75 draw with Erick Ochieng.
The local favourite appeared on the brink of defeat when he was floored for a second time in a disastrous fourth round, but staged a late rally to preserve his unbeaten record.