BOXING: UNBEATEN Dilly Singh knows what he is getting himself into as he prepares to do battle with Josh Burke in an eight-round clash for the vacant British Challenge cruiserweight title.
The 27-year-old will be going for glory in his fourth paid contest in Birmingham next month as part of a BCB Promotions’ Heavy Artillery show on April 28.
Singh, from Coventry, is protecting his unbeaten record while Burke is looking to steer his ledger of two victories and two defeats in a winning direction.
The two are no strangers to each other, having sparred together in the past but there will be no holding back when they touch gloves this time and Indian-born Singh is unmoved by the step up in the distance having reeled off three points successes without reply.
“I know Josh, he’s a good lad and it will be a good fight,” said Singh. “It’s just boxing, it’s a sport and a game, so it’s nothing personal.
“I’m still finding my way, but the main thing for me is doing the right things in camp. I’m dieting, training and sleeping as I should be.
“I box on impulse, but I’ve come on and some of the things I’ve experienced have given me confidence, including the time I spent with Ovill.
“All I am thinking off is what it would be like to get my hands on the belt. I just want to see how far as I can go, with putting 100 per cent effort into it.”
Singh is still making his name in boxing having only had a handful of amateur bouts for Willenhall Boxing Club after initially taking up kickboxing.
He trains at the Red Corner gym, under Dean Edwards and Paul Hudson and he is keen to rack up his achievements quickly, with Burke standing in the way of his first strap.
Singh spends his evenings working as a doorman at nightclubs in his home city, but has tailored his preparation so the late finishes are not becoming a burden.
He still lives at his family home, too, with his mother and younger brother and feels the stress-free environment can only help him.
“It’s not too bad at all, sometimes I even go for a run when I’ve finished work in the very early hours of the morning,” added Singh.
“I always seem to get enough sleep in and then I get up and train in the early evening, before I start my next shift. It’s working out well.”
Six further contests will supplement the main event which includes super lightweight Michael Cole from Leamington.