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Colin Lynes up for Finn Juho

PUBLISHED: 16:01 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:09 02 July 2010

PUNCHING ACTION: Colin Lynes defends his title this week.

PUNCHING ACTION: Colin Lynes defends his title this week.

COLIN Lynes faces a new rival - Finland s Juho Tolppola - as he makes the first defence of his European light-welterweight title on the Matchroom show at Dagenham s Goresbrook Leisure Centre on Friday. The Finnish fighter comes in as a late replacement af

COLIN Lynes faces a new rival - Finland's Juho Tolppola - as he makes the first defence of his European light-welterweight title on the Matchroom show at Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre on Friday.

The Finnish fighter comes in as a late replacement after Italian Gianluca Branco withdrew but although he is not rated as highly as the original choice, he is a respected challenger who has already fought for the EBU title.

The 26-year-old, from the town of Vantaa, has recorded 20 victories in his 23 ring appearances and one of the defeats came a year ago when he challenged Italian Michele Di Rocco for the EBU crown and lost a points decision.

The Finnish challenger, who is tagged 'TNT' Juho by his fans, can be a dangerous puncher with half of his victories coming inside the scheduled distance.

However, the Matchroom promotion should prove a 'welcome home' celebration night for the titleholder, a member of Paul Cook's Dagenham-based stable, who lifted the vacant European belt with a win over Young Muttley at Wolverhampton in July.

That impressive success came less than six weeks after Lynes travelled to Motherwell to shock Scot Barrie Morrison and bring home the British title.

"It's great to get back fighting before my own fans, I know Tolppola will be a tough challenger but I am confident I will keep my title at Goresbrook," said Lynes.

Tickets are available from Matchroom on01277 359900 or from Colin Lynes sponsors Home International on 01708 707020.

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