1st November 2011

Colin Lynes in training for Lee Purdy
Former IBO World Light Welterweight Champion Colin Lynes has his eyes firmly set on adding yet another Championship belt to his collection, as he challenges British Champion Lee ‘Lights Out’ Purdy for his Lonsdale Belt at the Matchroom Sport promoted mid week event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Wednesday, 9th November. 

During his magnificent thirteen year career Colin held the British, European, IBO Inter-Continental and IBO World Light Welterweight title before switching to the Welterweight division earlier this year. 

Since making the move Colin has only competed twice, the first see him convincingly defeat Bradley Pryce over eight rounds in February. 

Four months later Colin entered the excellent Matchroom Sport Prizefighter tournament. His quarterfinal draw see him face fellow TRAD TKO gym mate Bobby Gladman, who he beat by a shut out 30-27 (thrice) before controversially being denied the victory, over eventual tournament winner Yassine El Maachi, after dominating the semifinal. 

Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of esteemed coaches Jimmy and Mark Tibbs at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Colin took the time to talk briefly on the upcoming fight and his training camp. “Yeah, I’m fighting Lee Purdy, the British Champion and what a great fight it’s going to be. 

“He’s showed his worth, he’s done a job on Craig Watson twice in a row.” said Lynes.

“After the first time it wasn’t lucky, you think can lightning strike twice and he went and did exactly the same job again. He’s the man to beat at the moment, so i’m well up for it. 

“It’s a buzzing camp at the TRAD TKO now, Frankie Gavin’s come on board as well, so there’s lots of competition, for who’s going to go for what title and that, it’s good healthy competition and everyone is buzzing camp.

“We’ve also got Frankie Buglioni come on board, a great amateur looking like a budding prospect. With the like of Billy Joe (Saunders) just now stepped up to title honours. Of course we’ve got the Mitchell brothers (Kevin and Vinny). Freddie Turner, Billy Morgan and Ben Murphy is defending his Southern Area title as well so it’s really buzzing here. 

“Leon Williams just won the British title, you could be looking at two British titles here at the TRAD TKO in a matter of three weeks, that’ll be really fantastic for the gym. 

“Sparring’s been great, been sparring Federico (Tavares), he’s an Italian Light Middleweight here, throws big bombs and comes to fight at every session, yeah it’s really good preparation. We’ve had a couple of other names as well, but I wont say about them because this has been very much a private camp this one. 

“I’m doing all I can and am preparing absolutely to the best , I’ve come away from my home, something I’ve never done before. I’m just living on my own, just going home for meals and washing my stuff and then I’m out of there staying in a B&B. 

“I’m doing everything humanly possible, that’s why this is a must win fight, there’s no way than coming out with that title.” added Lynes 

Chief support for the Purdy-Lynes British Welterweight title clash on the 9th November sees Ashley Sexton defend his English Flyweight title, against a yet to be named opponent. 

Supporting the two Championship bouts is an undercard chock a block with the most exciting young talents in the country today, including the sensational Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng, the supremely talented Light Welter Chris Evangelou, the formidable Middleweight John Ryder, rising welterweight star Tyler Goodjohn and making his second pro appearance Upminster Lightweight Ryan Taylor. 

Lee ‘Lights Out’ Purdy versus Colin Lynes for the British Welterweight title tops the bill for the Matchroom Sport promoted ‘Battle of Essex’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Wednesday 9th November 2011, as well as live on Skysports. 

Tickets, priced £35 (Unreserved) and £60 (Ringside) are available on-line now at or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For information call 07960 850645. 

courtesy of Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

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