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Purdy to defend British title against Lynes on November 9

by on Oct.22, 2011, under Buzz

Purdy to defend British title against Lynes on November 9

Ashley Sexton defends his English title on York Hall undercard

Lee ‘Lights Out’ Purdy will defend his British Welterweight title against Colin Lynes at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday 9 November, live on Sky Sports.

Colchester man Purdy claimed the title with a stunning fifth round stoppage over Craig Watson at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester in April and repeated that triumph in his first defence, a rematch against Watson in July in the Oldham man’s backyard, again in the fifth round.

Purdy’s second defence is an all-Essex affair against Hornchurch’s Lynes in east London, with the former British and European Light Welterweight champion from Hornchurch having a settle to score with the famous venue where he was on the receiving end of a controversial split decision in the semi-final of Prizefighter in June against eventual winner Yassine El Maachi.

“Fighting Colin is a great test for my second defence,” said Purdy. “I feel like I am ready to move up to European level and to prove that I need to win fights like this one, against good fighters who have had success in the places that I want to go to.”

“Lee is the man in charge of that British belt and I’m confident I can take it off him,” said Lynes. “Whatever happens it will be a cracking fight because we both like to throw shots and leave everything in the ring.”

Ashley Sexton will provide the chief support, defending his English Flyweight belt. Cheshunt’s Sexton won the title with the first round knockout of Usman Ahmed that has been a YouTube hit with over five million views. Sexton’s opponent will be named soon, and the winner will be hoping for a crack at the British belt in 2012.

Also featuring on the bill are a talented group of unbeaten youngsters; Islington’s Tyler Goodjohn, Ely’s John Ryder, Wood Green’s Chris Evangelou and Upminster’s Ryan Taylor, with north London’s 7-1 light heavyweight Erick Ochieng also on the card.

“This promises to be a great night of boxing in east London with a lot of local boys strutting their stuff,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Purdy versus Lynes is a potential classic while Sexton is an exciting fighter to watch – the undercard is stacked with unbeaten ticket-selling talent and it’s sure to be another Matchroom sell out.”

Tickets for the ‘Battle of Essex’ between Purdy and Lynes plus the full championship undercard led by Sexton’s title defence are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 priced at £35 unreserved, £60 ringside and £100 VIP.
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Purdy to defend British title against Lynes on November 9

by on Oct.22, 2011, under Buzz

Purdy to defend British title against Lynes on November 9

Ashley Sexton defends his English title on York Hall undercard

Lee ‘Lights Out’ Purdy will defend his British Welterweight title against Colin Lynes at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday 9 November, live on Sky Sports.

Colchester man Purdy claimed the title with a stunning fifth round stoppage over Craig Watson at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester in April and repeated that triumph in his first defence, a rematch against Watson in July in the Oldham man’s backyard, again in the fifth round.

Purdy’s second defence is an all-Essex affair against Hornchurch’s Lynes in east London, with the former British and European Light Welterweight champion from Hornchurch having a settle to score with the famous venue where he was on the receiving end of a controversial split decision in the semi-final of Prizefighter in June against eventual winner Yassine El Maachi.

“Fighting Colin is a great test for my second defence,” said Purdy. “I feel like I am ready to move up to European level and to prove that I need to win fights like this one, against good fighters who have had success in the places that I want to go to.”

“Lee is the man in charge of that British belt and I’m confident I can take it off him,” said Lynes. “Whatever happens it will be a cracking fight because we both like to throw shots and leave everything in the ring.”

Ashley Sexton will provide the chief support, defending his English Flyweight belt. Cheshunt’s Sexton won the title with the first round knockout of Usman Ahmed that has been a YouTube hit with over five million views. Sexton’s opponent will be named soon, and the winner will be hoping for a crack at the British belt in 2012.

Also featuring on the bill are a talented group of unbeaten youngsters; Islington’s Tyler Goodjohn, Ely’s John Ryder, Wood Green’s Chris Evangelou and Upminster’s Ryan Taylor, with north London’s 7-1 light heavyweight Erick Ochieng also on the card.

“This promises to be a great night of boxing in east London with a lot of local boys strutting their stuff,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Purdy versus Lynes is a potential classic while Sexton is an exciting fighter to watch – the undercard is stacked with unbeaten ticket-selling talent and it’s sure to be another Matchroom sell out.”

Tickets for the ‘Battle of Essex’ between Purdy and Lynes plus the full championship undercard led by Sexton’s title defence are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 priced at £35 unreserved, £60 ringside and £100 VIP.
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Kell Brook’s unbeaten record retained! Win a signed Kell Brook boxing glove with scotts

by on Oct.19, 2011, under Buzz

Kell Brook’s unbeaten record retained! Win a signed Kell Brook boxing glove with scotts

Professional British welterweight boxer Kell Brook is now one step closer to the WBA world title after beating Poland’s Rafal Jackiewicz on Saturday, October 8th. To celebrate, scotts Menswear is offering fans the opportunity to win one signed glove from Special K himself, the brand ambassador for scotts.

The Sheffield-born fighter is on top of the world with a faultless record of 25 wins and is the face of scotts’ newest advertising campaign to highlight the excellent brands and product available to men who also want to look and feel like a true champion.

Asked about what he sees as his biggest future challenges, the 25-year-old star said: “Whoever has that world title belt, they’re not gonna give it me and I’m gonna take it off them. It’s gonna be one hell of a fight so I think that will be the biggest challenge.”

The new scotts Outfitter featuring Kell Brook boasts quality and masculine designs not unlike Kell, and includes top brands like Lacoste, Adidas Originals, Denham, Pretty Green, EA7, Fred Perry and The Duffer of St. George to name just a few.

Like all athletes, Brook knows how important it is to keep his eye on the prize; his fans will undoubtedly be keeping their eyes on this fantastic prize, too: a glove signed by the man himself. Participants are required to answer a question that will be revealed on the website at scottsmenswear.com/competitions within the next few days, with a closing date for the receipt of entries on November 11th, 2011.

Alan Hodgkiss, managing director for scotts Menswear, commented: “We are proud to announce Kell Brook as the face of our new campaign. This extraordinarily talented boxer personifies our brand: gritty, masculine style for men who know what they want in life and don’t settle for anything less than the best”.

Want to get involved in this fantastic free-to-enter competition? Visit the scotts Menswear website at scottsmenswear.com/competitions and provide an answer to the question to be in with a chance. You never know – you could have some fantastic sporting memorabilia on your hands!

About scotts

The scotts brand was born from a single sportswear and equipment store ‘Scotts Sports’ in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Scotts now operates near on 40 stores and continues to be an ever present source for lifestyle fashion clothing, footwear and accessories.

With over 25 years experience scotts have firmly established themselves as a market leader offering quality lifestyle menswear as well as striving to offer what the current consumer demands. Whether you are looking for cutting edge lifestyle fashion clothing or a more casual look, you will find it at scotts.

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The Only Way Is Barker!

by on May.27, 2011, under Buzz

The Only Way Is Barker!

Darren to defend Euro belt in Brentwood on July 23

‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker will make the first defence of his European Middleweight title in Brentwood, Essex on July 23 – the home of the BAFTA winning TV show The Only Way Is Essex.

Barker claimed the belt for the second time with a fine performance against tough Italian Domenico Spada at London’s Olympia on April 30 and will defend that title and his unbeaten record in Essex live on Sky Sports against a top ranked European opponent, to be named soon.

After the fight, Sky Sports pundits Johnny Nelson and Glenn McCrory were wowed by Barker’s performance against Spada, with Nelson saying he “boxed supremely well having been out for 12 months” and McCrory calling Barker’s appearance “World class and from someone who belongs at World level”. The man himself wasn’t totally satisfied but said the time in the ring was valuable after 12 months out, and he’s looking forward to fighting in Brentwood again for the first time since stopping Danny Butler in 2009 to defend his Commonwealth title and pick up the vacant British belt.

“I got rid of some ring rust against Spada – a man ranked at number six in the WBC, and I beat him handily,” said Barker. “They were 12 good rounds to get under my belt and I’m really looking forward to defending that title in Brentwood at the end of the July, when you’ll see much more from me.”

Also on the bill, Romford’s Tony Conquest will fight Leon Williams for the Southern Area Cruiserweight title and Waltham Abbey’s Daniel Cadman faces Danny Butler for the Southern Area Super-Middleweight belt. John Ryder will also feature on the bill and promoter Eddie Hearn is anticipating a hot night of action in his backyard of Brentwood.

“I wanted to get Darren out one more time before we fight for a World title and we are looking for a devastating razor sharp performance,” said Hearn. “Last time Darren fought in Brentwood the atmosphere was electric and with local boys Conquest and Cadman already confirmed, the place is going to be banged out!”

Tickets for Darren Barker’s European Middleweight title defence with a full Championship undercard at the Brentwood Centre in Essex are available now priced £35 unreserved, £60 ringside and £100 VIP – to buy call Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.

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Barker: Macklin swerves me because he knows I’ll beat him

by on Apr.26, 2011, under Buzz

Barker: Macklin swerves me because he knows I’ll beat him

Dazzling Darren targeting UK blockbuster after Euro clash with Spada

Darren Barker has told Matthew Macklin that their long awaited fight must happen this year if they get through their upcoming title fights.

Barker takes on Domenico Spada at London’s Olympia on Saturday night for the vacant European Middleweight title live on Sky Sports. Should the Londoner regain the title he was forced to surrender when he pulled out of a defence against Macklin through injury.

The 28 year-old aims to pick up the strap for the second time against the tough Italian and will then become an unlikely fan of Macklin when he faces Felix Sturm in June for the WBA Super World Middleweight title – with a win for the Brummie would bring the highly anticipated fight with Barker a step closer.

“He’s just swerved me basically – I want to fight him and prove that I’m the best, it’s just a shame that deep down he knows that I’ll beat him,” said Barker. “Everyone wants to watch us fight and in that respect I am annoyed at him for not taking me on. Why not boost the profile of the sport here by setting up these big British fights?

“I can only imagine it’s because he knows I am going to beat him, because I would beat him and I’ve got his number all day long, I’m the best in Europe, the best in Britain.”

“It was generating interest from the general public, even from people who knew nothing about boxing, but they were asking me about fighting Macklin and there was a buzz. If you look at his last performances they are poor and to see him ranked so highly gets to me, it really does.”

The unbeaten 28 year-old insists though that his ambition to fight Macklin is nothing personal against the Irishman, but is simply borne out of annoyance that this British box-office clash has still to come to fruit.

“There’s no hatred there, but it’s frustration from me – from the bottom of my heart there’s no way Matthew Macklin can beat me and it’s annoying because I want to prove it to everyone – all the Macklin fans out there and the Barker haters for whatever reason, I want to show that I’m the number one and I’m not content with number two.”

An interview between Barker and Steve Bunce can be seen online at www.MatchroomBoxing.com and is also available on the Prizefighter Podcast with Steve Bunce, which also features Kell Brook and Eddie Hearn and can be downloaded free on iTunes via the link at www.Prizefighter.co.uk.

Tickets for Darren Barker v Domenico Spada on April 30 are available now from Matchroom Sport priced £35 unreserved, £60 ringside, £80 inner ringside and £120 VIP – to buy call Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.

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Britain’s hottest prospect Kell Brook signs for Matchroom Sport

by on Apr.08, 2011, under Buzz

Britain’s hottest prospect Kell Brook signs for Matchroom Sport

Hearn promises new dawn for UK fight fans

Matchroom Sport are delighted to announce that unbeaten Welterweight Kell Brook has signed a promotional deal with the company.

Brook is considered Britain’s hottest boxing prospect and holds both the British and WBO Inter-Continental titles. The 2009 Young British Boxer of the Year says he is ready to step up to World title level and a meeting with Matchroom Sport’s managing director Eddie Hearn at Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II in Liverpool in March was the start of his new beginning.

“I’m really buzzing about joining Matchroom,” said Brook. “I met Eddie at Prizefighter and we just got on like a house on fire. His thoughts and plans on my future were exactly what I wanted to hear.

“The personal relationship is so important to me because at the end of the day, this is my life. I need to make sure I’m getting the best treatment and I think I’ll get that with Matchroom Sport. Eddie is passionate about boxing and he wants the best for me so we’re on the same wavelength which is perfect.

“Eddie and I have a good chemistry and when he came to Sheffield to see me and my Dad we all connected during a meeting and it’s grown from that.”

Brook took his winning record to 23 fights in his last outing in December, stopping Philip Kotey in the second round in Liverpool in the second defence of his WBO title, and confirming his status as the number one ranking with the WBO. ‘Special K’ says he’s chomping at the bit to get back in the ring, and his first fight with his new promoters is likely to be in the Steel City in June as he continues his unstoppable run to a World title.

“We’ve got a date in June in mind and it’ll be in Sheffield,” said Brook. “We need to work out an opponent but it’s great to have a fight lined-up and be topping bills live on Sky Sports in front on my home fans.

“I think I’m a couple of fights from a World title. I’m 25 at the start of May and mentally and physically I’m ready for it. It’s just a matter of getting the right fights and sitting down with the team and planning how we’re going to get there – but we are going to get there.

Brook has been linked with blockbuster nights against Matthew Hatton and Amir Khan, and while he is focussing on that June date first, he admitted both fights would be great for the fans.

“Matthew and I getting it on in Sheffield would be great,” said Brook. “His fans could come over from Manchester and with Ricky involved to it would just be a huge occasion. Matthew gave a good account of himself against Saul Alvarez and he’s a big name out there now, and with me being the hot prospect, that’s a great mix for a big fight.

“Fighting Amir would be an incredible night. If that fight could happen, ideally with us both World Champions, it would be a huge night that would put British boxing on the World stage and that’s what we need here and what the fans crave.

“It’s not about being on pay-per-view for me as not all the fans get to see it – you are excluding people from watching huge nights. I want to be winning headlining Saturday Fight Night shows regularly and I’ll be the name on the lips of both the hardcore fight fans and the more casual boxing fans too.”

Brook joins ‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker as a new addition to Matchroom Sport’s boxing stable, with Barker making his bow in a European Middleweight title fight in London on April 30. Brook and Barker sit alongside Paul McCloskey, who challenges Khan for his World title in Manchester next week, and former WBA Super Lightweight World champion Gavin Rees.

“I am so excited about adding Kell to our stable,” said Hearn. “There was never a strategy to start signing fighters but when someone like Kell comes along, there is no way I was going to pass up this opportunity.

“Kell oozes class and has that something special about him – in short he is going to be a superstar. Even in the last 24 hours we have started making big moves for Kell and the plan is to have a high profile defence in June before challenging for the World title later this year.

“We have an obligation to provide Sky Sports with top quality fighters in top quality fights and I’m delighted that fight fans will get the opportunity to watch the likes of Kell Brook and Darren Barker free to air on Saturday Night Fight nights. Our young fighters need a regular platform to showcase their talents and that platform is headlining shows on Saturday nights – not on pay-per view shows with only a quarter of the audience.”

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Interview With Former World Champion Colin Lynes

by on Feb.09, 2011, under Buzz, Interviews

Colin Lynes with his IBO World and European Championship belts - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Interview With Former World Champion Colin Lynes
by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

London – 9th February 2011

Former IBO Light Welterweight Champion of the World Colin Lynes is set to make his welcome return to the ring this coming Saturday, the 12th February, against Bradley Pryce at the Matchroom Sports promoted John Watson versus Anthony Crolla vacant British Lightweight Title clash at Olympia, Liverpool.

What may surprise a few people is that Colin, a career long Light Welterweight, will now be campaigning in the Welterweight division.

To aid him with the transition Colin has enlisted father and son team Jimmy and Mark Tibbs as well as switching his training base to Johnny Eames’ excellent Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town.

It’s at the TKO that I managed to not only watch Colin train and spar over the past couple of months, but also managed to get to chat with him on various occasions. The last in an official capacity which enabled me to get an insight into why he has chosen to change division, coaching team and training base after all this time. The full interview follows but first a brief history of Colin Lynes’ championship career.

Colin, who began his pro career with 1st round knockout of Lee Frost in June 1988. After compiling a perfect record of 20 wins and 0 losses Colin successfully challenged Richard Kiley for the vacant IBO Inter-Continental title in December 2002. His reign as champion was short lived as just three months later, on his first defense at York Hall on 8th March 2003, he was stopped in the eighth round by South African Samuel Malinga.

Undeterred by his first career loss Colin put together a three win run, beating Brian Coleman, Fabrice Colombel and Cesar Alberto Leiva, to earn the right to make a full scale challenge against Argentinian Pablo Daniel Sarmiento for his IBO World Title at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham on the 8th May 2004.

Following an exceptional hard fought battle Colin lifted the coveted belt, albeit with a little controversy, as when the judges score cards were read out two showed 117-111 and 116-112 in favour of Colin and with the other judge seeing it 114-115 in favour of Sarmiento.

Colin successfully defended his title in February 2005 against Oakland, California’s Juaquin Gallardo. Again it was another very close fight, Colin had the better of the early rounds with Gallardo coming on stronger in the later part of the contest. This time two of the judges see it in favour of Colin with 116-113 and 117-113 scores and judge Artur Ellensohn see the bout dead even at 114-114.

On the 21st October 2005 Colin unsuccessfully challenged Junior Witter for his European, British and Commonwealth titles. A few months later, on the 20th January 2006 Colin and Lenny Daws clashed, in a British title eliminator, for the Southern Area title. After nine grueling rounds Colin hopes of challenging for the British title again faded as the fight was waved off as he sat in his corner.

Never one to be dejected Colin secured two nice wins, against Janos Petrovics (6th round stoppage), and Arek Malek (2nd round retirement due to hand injury) before successfully challenging Barry Morrison for his British title in his own back yard on the 8th June 2007 at Motherwell Civic Centre.

Just over a month later, on the 20th July, Colin defended his newly won British crown and at the same time challenged Young Mutley for his European title, again in his opponents home town.

Colin was oozing confidence, and it showed in his performance. Mutley was outclassed on the night, constantly getting caught by stiff jabs and bruising left jabs from the Hornchurch man. By round eight Mutley began looking dejected and it came as no surprise to the watching crowd when Colin sends Mutley to one knee with a solid left. Mutley gets up and accepts the count.

The moment the referee, Richie Davies, finishes counting Colin is all over Mutley like a rash, throwing big left and rights that send his crashing back to the canvas. Richie Davies instantly jumped in to end the contest. Colin is elated to have added the European Light Welterweight Belt to his collection.

Colin successfully defended his European crown against Finland’s Juho Tolppola on the 25th January 2008 by a convincing 120-108 (twice) and 119-109 points margin.

Four months later, in Torino, Italy, Colin’s European reign came to an end following an incredibly close fight against Gianluca Branco. At the end of twelve hard fought rounds two judges scored it 113-114 for Branco and judge Predrag Aleksic scored it 115-113 in favour of Colin.

Two championship losses followed in quick succession, the first against Paul McCloskey for the British title on the 5th December 2008 see Colin retire in the ninth round. The second, for the now vacant European belt, against France’s Souleymane M’baye went the full distance and see Colin again on the wrong side of a contentious split decision verdict.

Colin’s next outing was competing in the hugely successful Matchroom Sports promoted Prizefighter series. In the first round Colin secured a split decision victory over David Barnes and then see off Young Mutley with yet another split decision. On the other side of the draw Gavin Rees was storming through to the final.

The final was all out war, neither protagonist gave or expected any quarter. But in the end there is only one winner and this was Rees’ time.

Colin’s final fight as a Light Welterweight came just four months later, when Colin challenged Nigerian Ajose Olusegun for his Commonwealth title. Colin’s challenge came to an abrupt end, just one minute and twenty three seconds into the eighth round, after Olusegun landed a massive body shot that left Colin retching.

This coming weekend Colin Lynes – The Welterweight – makes his new division debut against Bradley Pryce at the Matchroom Sports promoted John Watson versus Anthony Crolla vacant British Lightweight Title clash at Olympia. Liverpool.

Jimmy Tibbs unwraps Colin Lynes’ hand after sparring at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Following one of his training sessions, with Jimmy and Mark Tibbs at the Ultrachem TKO Gym, I asked Colin why he has decided to campaign at Welterweight amongst other things.

Rio – After almost a year out of the ring you’re back again, this time as a Welterweight. What made you decide to move from Light Welter?

Colin Lynes – I was winning fights but I wasn’t feeling great about it, you know. I remember beating a Finnish guy Juho Tolppola. I won every round hands down and even after that fight I didn’t feel great in myself. I went home and spoke with my trainer and it was down to championship fighting.

I was fine in the gym sparring at ten-ten and then coming down to sort of ten-four the week of the fight. Obviously you don’t spar any more and it was only when it came down to getting in the ring for real that my body was slowing down. I think I was tiring after eight or nine rounds initially, then it started coming down to six rounds and then the last fight was just the last one and I didn’t even go in there feeling good.

Rio – Your first title was an International, not a domestic title. What made you decide to go this route?

Colin – Situation was you got Junior Witter, Ricky Hatton, Eamon McGee all active and champions and it was like a closed shop. The only sort of entry for me was to go the IBO inter-continental route and then win a full world title, which is what I did. You know, I didn’t look back after that.

Rio – You’ve had some fantastic fights during your career and lifted virtually every domestic title there is and of course the World crown. Which fight holds the fondest memories for you?

Colin – I think it was winning the British title in Scotland. I was up against it, it was in Barry Morrison’s home town. He had done a really good number on Lenny Daws, who had defeated me in a bad way for me.

Again another night when I wasn’t too well. My dad was ill at the same time so I was really up against it and to go in there and box as well as I did, again I don’t think I lost a round.

You know to pick the British title up and then four weeks later to then get the opportunity to fight for the European when the European fight between Mutley and Bami fell through I happily stepped in. I stayed in the gym and I won in emphatic style in Wolverhampton, again on away soil. It was a really good summer for me.

L-R Jimmy Tibbs Colin Lynes, Kevin Mitchell and Mark Tibbs - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Rio – You recently switched trainers and are now with Jimmy and Mark Tibbs

Colin – I had to change, I had to change what I was doing. I had to take on board new information and I just had to change the whole preparation.

I was too stuck in a rut with the way I was getting trained for fights. You know I just needed to change what I was doing, take on board some new information, if it was out there – and I found that with Jimmy – and to go with my body.

That meant coming away from everything that I did do. New Gym, new me, new body and new information.

I didn’t realise when I joined the Tibbs camp it was Jimmy and his son Mark. I mean I’m really, really chuffed, when I started working with the pair of them the work that they put into you combined, with Jimmy being the mentor and Mark being conditioning and putting all the nice tuning into your body.

I’m not used to that and really enjoy that. My body at my age is getting proper stretching, getting into the niggles and piggles and all the pains that get into your legs it’s brilliant. They’re a fantastic team it’s really, really good. I’m really looking forward to this year

Jimmy Tibbs looks on as Colin Lynes and Kevin Mitchell spar at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Rio – So it really is out with the old and in with new and that includes a new gym, so how is that working out for you?

Colin – It’s great here at the TKO gym. I moved here to be in a busy gym, to have fighters from all different promotions, all different weights, walks and sizes and shapes and you get that here.

I enjoy the buzz, if it’s a day time or an evening session, don’t matter what time of day if you come in this gym there’s something happening, there’s a buzz.

At my age you need the youngsters to get you buzzing and get you feeling like your young, and that is how I’m feeling.

Rio – I was here when you sparred Kevin Mitchell the other day, It was an awesome session. I suppose it helps having quality sparring like that in-house?

Colin – Yeah you’ve got the likes of Kevin Mitchell but you’ve also got some new guys coming through that keep you on your toes.

They are raw talent. They know who you are but you don’t know who they are. They always up their game and you sometimes show respect, but you’ve got to be careful and don’t get caught out because you’re being too lacksy-daisycall.

Ricky Boylan, Chris Evangelou and Colin Lynes after sparring - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

I’ve been sparring two young guys, Chris Evangelou and Ricky Boylan, both novices but really fancy the job, which is great for me and great for them, and I get rounds done.

As we touched on I’ve been sparring Kevin. We’ve know each other from old, we’ve been in the same gym before and we both know each other and know our flaws so we both know that if you lose that concentration for any second of any round you’re gonna get found out and caught. So it keeps us on our toes, both sharp and that’s without us going toe to toe really.

If I was helping him with a title fight or vice versa we’d have to up our game again and that’s nice to know that we can go to another level as well even though that was serious sparring.

Rio – OK, you’re fighting on Saturday – again it’s away turf being in Liverpool, how do you feel about that?

Colin – Yeah, it’s never fazed me, sometimes it’s nice to get away from your area. My family come with me but it’s nice to get away for your little bubble you’ve been used to and just get to the hotel and think about the task ahead. I enjoy it, I like it like that.

Rio – So now you’re at a new weight what are your championship plans?

Colin – The British ranking system has carried me over, without me having this fight this weekend, they’ve accepted that now I’m a Welterweight and they’ve ranked me # 5.

Get this weekend, get a good win, out of the way and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be in for a title shot. I thought it would be two or three fights to make a point but people seem to listening to the feedback they get from what I’ve been doing in here and you boys. I’m quite pleased that after this weekend there’s no reason why I can’t get a challenge in.

Matthew Hatton’s looking for an opponent for his European, Denton Vassell is looking for an opponent for his Commonwealth and I’m always up for the Southern Area or British title so it’s all there.

Rio – talking about titles, Jimmy Tibbs recently went on record saying you could go for another world title shot. Now we all know Jimmy doesn’t do B.S.- so is that also on the cards?

Colin – I’m really, really chuffed about that. I don’t let anything get to my head but Jimmy’s been there, done it. Not just once but two or three times over and to hear that from Jimmy, that’s the belief, that’s one of the reasons I joined Jimmy and that to see it myself and if Jimmy believes it and I believe it there’s no reason why I can’t win another world title.

Rio – Colin, thank you so much, and good luck this Saturday.

Colin – Thank you and thanks to boxing fans everywhere.

Colin Lynes, against Bradley Pryce, will feature on the undercard of the Matchroom Sports promoted John Watson versus Anthony Crolla vacant British Lightweight Title clash at Olympia. Liverpool, on Saturday 12th February 2011.

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Jimmy Tibbs: ‘Colin Lynes Could Fight For Another World Title’

by on Jan.31, 2011, under Buzz

Jimmy Tibbs, Colin Lynes and Mark Tibbs at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

When Jimmy Tibbs says that former IBO Light Welterweight World Champion Colin Lynes, whose next fight is on Saturday 12th February 2011 at Olympia in Liverpool, could campaign for a second world crown, this time at Welterweight, only a boxing philistine could possibly doubt the man’s words.

Jimmy has spent more than 50 years in boxing, he was a top-class amateur and professional boxer and has also been a manager and a promoter. However as a trainer Jimmy earned the reputation of being one of, if not, Britain’s finest.

Over the years Jimmy has prepared and guided such British Boxing luminaries as Nigel Benn, Chris Pyatt, Charlie Magri, Barry McGuigan, Steve Collins, Dennis Andries, Wayne Alexander, Lloyd Honeyghan, Alex Arthur and Frank Bruno to World Championship success, and many more to British, Commonwealth and European honours.

Currently Jimmy is coaching, in addition to the aforementioned Colin Lynes, some of the brightest upcoming young British fighters such as the Mitchell brothers, Kevin and Vinny, former Olympian Billy Joe Saunders, Freddie Turner, Akaash Bhatia and Billy Morgan at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London.

Jimmy Tibbs, Colin Lynes and Mark Tibbs at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

It was following a sparring session between Colin and Michael Grant at the TKO gym that Jimmy spoke about the future prospects of the former Light Welterweight World Champion, “Colin Lynes is fighting on the 12th February. He’s been with us for about six months now.

He’s the former British, European and IBO Light Welterweight World Champion. Because of weight problems he’s suffered a bit, so he’s decided to move up to Welterweight.

We’ve had him moving about with some good Middleweights, Light Middleweights and he’s as strong as an Ox.

Give him a couple of warm up fights and he’ll end up fighting for a Welterweight title, whether that’s the British title, Commonwealth title or European title, and he will win it because of the life he lives and the way he looks after himself. He’s always in condition, and that doesn’t mean to say that he’s training every day.

He looks after his body when he’s not training, and that’s what a lot of youngsters should learn in this game today.

They have one fight, two fights, they go away and come back rolypolys and all they’re doing is not training to get fight fit, they’re training to get the weight off. I’ve got a couple of fighters that should go to a clinic and see a doctor because they’re going to be in serious trouble in years to come.

Whereas Colin Lynes is 33 years of age, he’s had 41 fights and he’s not got a mark on him. He’s got the rhythm of a twenty year old because he looks after his body in and out the ring.

He’s got a spring in his step, he’s still got that, he makes people work, in and out, in and out all the time, he makes them move their body about. That’s because he looks after himself when he’s not boxing.

In my opinion Colin could still fight for another World title.”

Colin Lynes, against a yet to be named opponent, will be on the undercard of the Matchroom Sports promoted John Watson versus Anthony Crolla, for the vacant British Lightweight title, on Saturday 12th February 2011 at Olympia in Liverpool.

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A statement from Audley Harrison

by on Dec.01, 2010, under Buzz

A statement from Audley Harrison

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It isn’t a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.” Benjamin Mays

“After spending some time away reflecting on the fight and outcome, I have made the decision to continue my journey in boxing and carry on my career as a professional. The David Haye experience had many highs away from the ring and I’m happy I had a great training camp and worked with two of my brothers again in camp. I surrounded myself with a world class team and pushed myself to the limit in training and left my changing room knowing I had given my all to get to this point.

The outcry from the fight is expected as I didn’t get the result I wanted and the critics have once again tried to bury me under the rubble and hope I disappear. All I can say is I had a game plan and went into the ring to win. The way the fight ended was frustrating to me as I didn’t get going and was just settling into my rhythm.

Both styles of feinting and moving was off-setting the both of us in the first two rounds and I was just zoning in on his rhythm when he got through.

I’ll never be crash – bang – wallop and I’m glad about that; my style is unique but can run into problems like all styles can and I got caught by a good set of punches to go down. I give David credit as I never expected him to hurt me as he did, but anyone could see it was a premature stoppage and I should have been allowed to carry on and ride out the rough patch, even if that meant I would have got KO’d.

I think the Vitali Klitschko beating of Shannon Briggs a few weeks earlier and the public outcry made the referee jump in early and I was denied the opportunity to show my grit, determination and desire to be in there and compete and try to get back on level terms.

Let the haters and negative comments continue – I don’t really care. I know me and I can sleep at night as I’m happy with who I am today. Yes it hurts not to achieve your goals, but we roll up our sleeves and we try again; such is the beauty of life.”

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A statement from Audley Harrison

by on Nov.15, 2010, under Buzz

A statement from Audley Harrison

“To my family, my team and the fans who got behind me on this journey to overthrow David Haye and become Heavyweight champion, I’m sorry I was unable to walk through the door and fulfil my destiny. I can promise I cut no corners in training and did all I could do in getting myself ready both physically and mentally for Saturday’s fight. Ultimately, I didn’t get going and my game plan to take over the fight in the later rounds was extinguished by the power and speed of David Haye who caught me clean around my guard.

If I wanted an easy way out, I would have stayed down from the knockdown, but I rose and the referee’s intervention saved me from a potentially bad knockout as David is a good finisher, but I would have gladly left the ring on a stretcher as I wanted to work my way through it.

I make no excuses and I’m not sure where I go from here in boxing, but I’ll lick my wounds, take some time out with my family and see what I want to do.

From Prizefighter, to the European Title and overcoming a career ending injury and surgery – I am happy to have made my way back to this point. Yes I am defeated and upset about the outcome on Saturday, but my journey in life has been one of triumph and the ‘yes I can’ slogan goes onwards and upwards.

To David Haye, I’m grateful for the opportunity to fight for the World Title and I’m glad we buried the bad blood between us. I wish you well in your attempts to unify the titles and you have my support.”

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