• Dexter Hastings

Pitters staying ready for British Title challenge



Birmingham’s unbeaten British Light Heavyweight fighter Shakan Pitters is keeping himself in shape for when the Lockdown ends. Pitters (30) who has an unbeaten record of 13 wins without defeat was just a week away from taking on Chad Sugden at the Skydome Coventry for the vacant British Light Heavyweight title when all sports events were cancelled due to the Lockdown. Shakan who stands at a towering 6 foot 6 has already won the golden robe in the Ultamate boxxer tournament and then beating the Light Heavyweight English champ Dec Spellman on points for his title in September of 2019. Shakan's title fight was meant to headline the Hennessy sports Promotions show which was going to shown live on channel 5.


The Column caught up with one of its futures ‘Hall of Famers' and asked him how he felt when he was told his fight was cancelled? Shak told the Column “After preparing myself well with a full solid camp, I felt gutted the at the fact that I had went through a camp with no fight and even more gutted this happened a week before the actually fight”.


I then asked the former English champ, what he has been doing to tic over and has he found any new ways if keeping fit during the lockdown? Pitters informed me “I have just runs been doing and other stuff, things to prefect my game in all areas really, I’m really missing the gym buzz feeling though”. On has he been doing any different exercises he told me all gave been doing a bit of bike riding which may have been something I wouldn’t have done before hand”.


My final question for Shak was, have you heard anything about when your fight may be? Shak told me "I have No exact date yet but I'm ticking over regardless, lockdown can ease at anytime and it will be Go time before many know it"


Dexter's Thoughts

I was gutted for all the fighters who had been scheduled to fight for titles but especially Shakan as he was just a week away from his title fight. He has been waiting a long time since being made mandatory challenger for the title with opponents rejecting purse bids then pulling out and just as it looks likes he is going to get his fight the Lockdown happens. This must be so frustrating for the unbeaten Eastside fighter but fingers crossed he will get his chance soon. A source has told me that the Hennessy Promotions show may be held behind close doors and will still be aired live on Channel 5 as soon as early August but this is unconfirmed at the moment. At least this would mean Shaken could get his title fight on and I have no doubt that Pitters will be crowned British champion and enter the bbcolumn ‘Hall of Fame’ very soon.