Lynes happy to stay at home
PUBLISHED: 15:25 02 January 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 02 July 2010
BRITISH and European light welterweight titleholder Colin Lynes has welcomed the news that his scheduled European title defence against Italian challenger Gianluca Branco will go ahead at Dagenham s Goresbrook Leisure Centre on January 25. The defence a
BRITISH and European light welterweight titleholder Colin Lynes has welcomed the news that his scheduled European title defence against Italian challenger Gianluca Branco will go ahead at Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre on January 25.
The defence against the 37-year-old Branco, an experienced campaigner from Civitavecchia in the Lazio region, has been scheduled for several months after being ordered by the European Boxing Union.
It had already been confirmed for the January date, but the venue was uncertain with strong pressure to take the fight to an Italian city.
Visiting fighters have often been given a tough time in Italy with British champions usually reluctant to risk title defences in that country.
Having brought a new lease of life to his ring career with British and European title success in this country during 2007, Lynes is obviously happier to launch his new year campaign with home advantage.
"Of course I would have gone to Italy for the defence but I much prefer to have it in this country - and Goresbrook suits me fine," said Lynes.
"The January date means I had to stay in training while others enjoyed Christmas and New Year celebrations, but that's something you have to accept as a pro fighter," the champion admitted.
Lynes, a member of Paul Cook's successful Dagenham-based stable, lifted the vacant European title 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.