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Boxing: Lynes looking for big birthday boost

PUBLISHED: 16:15 17 November 2017

Colin Lynes with pupils from a local school (pic Lee Power)

Colin Lynes with pupils from a local school (pic Lee Power)

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Hornchurch’s Colin Lynes is hoping to give himself the perfect 40th birthday present when he returns to the ring next weekend, writes Lee Power.

Lynes, pictured, meets Michael McKinson for the vacant WBC International Silver welterweight title at Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Centre on November 25, the day before his big day.

And Lynes, the former IBO world light-welterweight champion, said: “Hopefully I will wake up for a champion’s breakfast on my 40th birthday.

“I’ve been training hard for six weeks now. I’ve had a full camp and I’m really looking forward to it.

“He’s a southpaw, which causes problems, and I hope he’s not too slippery. I’ll be explosive. I can’t mess around, I’m the away fighter and the odds are against me.

“I’ve got to make him feel out of his depth, be up on the cards after four rounds and make him panic.”

It is almost 20 years since former Hornchurch & Elm Park amateur Lynes made his debut in the paid ranks, at the Broadway Theatre in Barking in June 1998.

McKinson, who has won all 12 of his bouts to date, was just four years old at the time and Lynes revealed they have actually met before.

He added: “My old cuts man, Frank Hopkin, used to bring Mike’s dad to my fights to shadow him and when I fought in Prizefighter (2009), Mike Junior came to watch and has got a photo of us together!

“I’ve got to be realistic. He probably thinks I’m a name he can get past for him to step up and fight for a bigger title. But this pushes me back up there and if I win I can fight for a British or European title. I would be in the frame.”

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