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Hornchurch’s Colin Lynes looking for winning return

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 March 2017

Colin Lynes with trainer Peter Sims

Colin Lynes with trainer Peter Sims

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Hornchurch boxer back in the ring at Brentwood

Richie Gray with trainer Alec Wilkie (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterflyphoto) Richie Gray with trainer Alec Wilkie (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterflyphoto)

After 30 years in boxing, Colin Lynes will step back into the ring hungry as ever at the Brentwood Centre tonight (Friday).

The Hornchurch father of five turns 40 later this year and was already boxing before most of the fighters on the MTK bill were born.

But he can’t wait to end a three-year break from the sport and return for his 49th professional bout.

He said: “I still have the same passion and desire.

“Training under Peter Sims has gone very well, but we agree that if he feels I haven’t got what it takes to get back on top I will finish.”

Lynes collected an impressive string of titles in a 15-year career, including IBO world and inter-continental belts, plus a European belt and a couple of British titles.

But he remains hungry for more and should overcome Yorkshire journeyman rival Ryan Hardy, otherwise he will hang up the gloves for good if he cannot get back into the title picture.

Lynes still coaches at the Hornchurch & Elm Park club he first joined as a novice schoolboy and is one of several good local ticket sellers on the bill as promoters MTK look for a near sellout on the first of six shows they have planned at Brentwood this year.

Unbeaten super-welterweight Paul Upton is one of three Irish brothers in action, having claimed an Irish title last year.

Anto Upton has won an English title and brother Sonny hopes to add another to the collection when he takes on Matt Ryan in Manchester next weekend.

Upminster’s Freddie Turner returns after losing his Southern Area title in 2015 – his first defeat in 12 contests – and Rainham’s big-hitting light-heavyweight Charlie Duffield is also looking to get back on the winning trail under new trainer Mark Tibbs, after scoring three quick wins before his first loss.

Unbeaten Brentwood prospect Richie Gray aims to show his improvement since joining east London manager Alec Wilkey, chasing a fourth straight victory at middleweight, and said: “Alec has taught me so much.”

Romford welterweight Mikey Sayki, a stablemate of Lynes, goes for his third straight win on the show that alsoincludes Matt McCarthy, Tey Lynn Jones, Sohail Ahamad and Billy Allington.

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