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Shakan Pitters aiming to put lockdown him on boxing return

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Shakan Pitters spent losing family zes – so he can’t wait to get back to winning ways in the ring.

The Birmingham boxer takes on Chad Sugden for the British light-heavyweight title tonight at Channel 5’s studios.

Pitters, 31, was due to face Sugden back in March but the coronavirus pandemic put the bout on hold.

It gave Pitters the chance of some extra family time but the unbeaten boxer got his first taste of defeat.

“We had nights with my family on the Houseparty app,” he said.

“I was always finishing second or third in the . My brother’s girlfriend kept winning it all the damn time.

“We would meet on there at 9pm and we would be on there till 2 or 3 in the morning competing.

“I’ll be back to winning ways when I’m back in the ring this weekend though.”

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Pitters was a latecomer to after his dream of becoming a professional footballer was ended at 17 when he was released by West Brom.

His father, Colin, was a professional fighter but was never keen for his son to follow his career path.

But now, with a 13-0 record and at 31, he believes he can still achieve success in the sport.

“I always knew I would be successful at something but I didn’t know at the time what it would be.

“I want to be the best. I always did everything I could to better myself.

“To become British champion, that would be something special.”

Pitters will get the chance to win the Lonsdale belt in front of a huge audience on terrestrial TV even if there will be no fans in the venue.

There will be plenty more eyes on the bout than Dillian Whyte’s pay-per-view clash that is for sure.

And the Brummie boxer is hoping the exposure will put him in contention for big domestic clashes with the likes of Anthony Yarde, Joshua Buatsi and Lyndon Arthur.

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He added: It is a shame there won’t be a crowd but I know when I’m fighting my family and loved ones will be watching.

“I love the stage. It will give me my chance to showcase my skills.

“At the level we are fighting at now, there are some big names I can face.

“With coronavirus making travelling more difficult, those domestic fights could get made now.”

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