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Local boxer Lynes is back topping the bill once again

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 May 2013

Former European and IBO world champion Colin Lynes  tops the bill again at York Hall on Saturday

Former European and IBO world champion Colin Lynes tops the bill again at York Hall on Saturday

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Boxer Colin Lynes returns to the ring at York hall on saturday

After losing his British Welterweight crown to Junior Witter a year ago, it seemed Colin Lynes was facing the finish of an outstanding career.

But the 35-year-old former European and IBO world champion tops the bill again at York Hall on Saturday.

Lynes faces Georgia’s Beka Sutidze in an international non-championship bout, headlining Johnny Eames’ TKO Events show, and the 46-fight veteran said: “I’m looking to get back into title action again and carry on with my career.

“I’m in the shape of my life, I live well – so there’s no reason I haven’t got another three or four years left.”

Lynes made his debut at Barking’s Broadway Theatre in 1998, but faces a tough 22-year-old Sutidze, who has lost six of 18 fights to date.

Unbeaten prospects Freddie Turner, Matt McCarthy and Festin Lama also feature.

Former England amateur Turner, inactive recently despite a seven-fight winning run, is now managed by Eames and will be tested by tough Isle of Wight campaigner Jay Morris, a 55-fight veteran.

McCarthy and Lama have both been matched on the undercard, which also features Lewis Pettit, Kreshnik Qato, Adams Dingsdale and Tom Little.

■ Former Dagenham amateur Martin Ward took his pro record to six straight wins in just eight months as he halted Gloucester rival Andrew Harris in the third round at the 02 Arena on Saturday.

Ward was on the undercard of the Matchroom bill headed by Carl Froch’s world title triumph over Dane Mikkel Kessler and scored his second inside-the-distance victory in succession after winning his first four fights on points.

Harris had taken previous rivals, including Olympic team captain Thomas Stalker, the full distance, but was clearly shaken as Ward, guided by manager Tony Sims at his Hainault gym, found the target with fast, solid attacks in the opening round.

More speedy shots got through the Gloucester fighter’s defences as the talented Ward stepped up the pace and the one-sided exchanges looked set for an early end.

A cracking right rocked the gallant Harris and although he tried to punch his way back into the fight, he was clearly shaken by another flurry of blows as the referee signalled the end after two minutes 37 seconds of the round.


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