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Euro King Colin - after world glory

PUBLISHED: 16:14 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:09 02 July 2010

Colin Lynes fighting future looks brighter that at any other time during his 10-year pro career following a successful first defence of his European light-welterweight championship on Friday night at Dagenham s Goresbrook Leisure Centre. After punching o

Colin Lynes' fighting future looks brighter that at any other time during his 10-year pro career following a successful first defence of his European light-welterweight championship on Friday night at Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre.

After punching out a one-sided win over over Finland's Juho Tolppola, he can look forward to further defences of his Euro crown - or even a challenge for one of the recognised world titles before 2008 is over.

Tolppola - a replacement for scheduled opponent Italian Ginaluca Branco - showed bravery under fire but was completely out-boxed and out-punched throughout the 12 rounds.

The 26-year-old Finn, cheered on by his flag-waving fans, tried hard to take Lynes out of his stride but the titleholder started in control and stayed that way throughout the contest on the Matchroom promotion.

To his credit, the gallant Finn showed real bravery under fire as the champion found the target with his non-stop jabbing and accurate rights.

It seemed the biggest worry for Lynes was the damage to his fists caused by the punches he was landing in every round.

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"I busted my left hand early in the contest but the way I was using the jab you are going to bust it sometimes," Lynes said.

His dominance was reflected in the one-sided ringside judges scorecards of 119-109 and 120-108, twice, in the titleholder's favour at the final bell.

It was the 3lst victory in his 34 ring outings to date and while it was not explosive, it was certainly an effective display of impressive boxing skills by a fighter who has brought his ring career to life with three straight title victories in three fights.

However, Lynes praised his challenger's durability as he admitted: "He wobbled a couple of times and I tried to jump on him but he survived.

"I was pleased to win the fight by a landslide margin, defending the European belt, that is a bonus.

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