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Lynes looking to prolong career

PUBLISHED: 13:17 09 November 2011

Hornchurch's Colin Lynes

Hornchurch's Colin Lynes

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Hornchurch fighter ready for battle

Hornchurch’s Colin Lynes is hours away from stepping into the ring for what could be his last ever fight.

Lynes, 33, is set to take on British welterweight champion Lee Purdy, nine years his junior, at Bethnal Green’s York Hall tonight.

And he has admitted it is his last chance to prolong a distinguished professional career.

Speaking in the lead-up to the title fight, Lynes said: “It’s the last-chance saloon.

“If I can’t beat Purdy, preparing as I am, I will retire.

“I’m back in contention, but if I don’t succeed, there’s nowhere else for me to turn.”

Lynes weighed in for the 14th title fight of his caeer at 10st 6lb 5oz, just 3oz heavier than Colchester’s Purdy.

The contest will be shown live on Sky Sports and Lynes added: “I’m not in the game to be a stepping stone for someone else. It’s must-win for me.

“I’m going there to win it. I can’t let it go down to any dodgy decisions. I’ve got to come away with the belt. There’s no reason why I can’t.”

Lynes has won 35 of 44 pro contests and is a former IBO light-welterweight world champion.


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