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Lynes is back with a bang

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 March 2017

Colin Lynes hits out on his return to action (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Colin Lynes hits out on his return to action (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

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Hornchurch fighter proves point on ring return

Colin Lynes faces the camera (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing) Colin Lynes faces the camera (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Colin Lynes was glad to win his first bout since 2013 in Brentwood on Friday night, but even happier that he will only have to wait two months for his next fight.

The Hornchurch welterweight shook off the ring rust with a routine win over Yorkshire journeyman Nathan Hardy and insisted he will be back looking better in May when he steps up for his 50th pro contest.

The father of five who turns 40 this year, admitted: “After more than three years out I shook off the cobwebs. I wanted to stop him, but I just did not have the zap.

“That will come if I step up for an eight-rounder in May, then I will look for a title fight later in the year – it’s a challenge but I am enjoying it.” he grinned.

Paul Upton celebrates his latest win (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing) Paul Upton celebrates his latest win (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

After years of inactivity the seasoned veteran could not be expected to bounce back with the form that brought him IBO World, British and European titles but he gave a workmanlike display, dominating from the start.

Lynes jabbed accurately and shook his rival more than once with solid hooks, but 10-years-younger Hardy showed the Yorkshire grit that has seen him stopped only once in 14 contests.

The Sheffield fighter knows how to survive, but could not argue with the 60-54 scoring of referee Lee Cook indicating that Lynes had won every round.

There was plenty for local fans to cheer on the MTK promotion as unbeaten Paul Upton swept to his 13th straight victory when halting Bulgarian Nikolay Kolyandov in three rounds.

Mikey Sakyi hits out (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing) Mikey Sakyi hits out (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

The Romford-based Irish super-welterweight already holds the Irish belt and is seeking more title action against tougher opposition.

Richie Gray continued his winning ways, outpointing another Bulgarian in Konstantin Alexandrov, punching out his fourth consecutive win in commanding style, 60-54.

Upminster’s Freddie Turner controlled his clash with Latvian Zaurs Sadihovs in his first fight for 18 months, piling up the points with accurate punches to also earn a 60-54 decision from referee Cook.

Mikey Sakyi made it three straight wins with a one-sided 40-36 verdict against Belfast’s Alec Bassa, as the Romford welterweight dictated the exchanges and landed effective shots all through the bout.

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