Shakan Pitters will aim to take out Reece Cartwright from inside distance

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Coventry, UK – Former British light heavyweight champion Shakan Pitters reckons he could beat Usain Bolt by running backwards… 800m!

The Birmingham star made headlines at Coventry Skydome Arena on Saturday 13 November, when he faced Leeds puncher Reece Cartwright, for the Vacant WBC International Light-Heavyweight Championship, live and free on Channel 5.

Slick hitter Pitters can’t wait to face Cartwright with a win putting him back on track for the world title.

Pitters’ mother was born and raised in Trelawny, Jamaica, near Sherwood Content where the legendary Bolt grew up, and there are still parents.

The very talented ‘Big Shak’, who was also an apprentice footballer at West Bromwich Albion, also showed great promise on the athletics track when he held the 800m record in his high school and believes he would have given Bolt a run for his money.

The 6-foot-6 Pitters said: “I had my high school (George Dixon International School, Birmingham) record for the 800m for a while. I was pretty quick when I was younger, but I was definitely more on the middle distance.

“I was definitely not Usain Bolt in the short distances, but in the 800m I would have given him a good shot. He would still have to walk backwards!

“I have all this explosive speed, but with me, when people put their bodies through all this pain, I love it. It’s crazy but I love to get out of it.

“That’s why I was a middle distance runner when I was a kid because I just knew how to adapt and stay calm under pressure. Would Usain be able to catch up with me over 800m? With my long daddy legs? No chance!”

“My promoter Mick Hennessy does a great job promoting fights, maybe he could promote a race? I totally agree if that makes sense and we’re making a lot of money. Bolt probably doesn’t need the money, so we’ll settle for 60%. He can have 40!

In the ring, Pitters would be delighted to follow in Bolt’s global footsteps. Beating Cartwright will place him in the WBC World Top 15, putting him back into the mix alongside his British rivals Callum Smith, Josh Buatsi, Anthony Yarde and Lyndon Arthur on light-heavy blocks.

And forget his exploits in the 800m when the opening bell rings. Pitters has no intention of letting Cartwright go the distance.

He said, “I’m going to go and take it out.” There is no great game plan, it’s just plain clear, I want to get it out of there. This is just how I fight.


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