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Lynes feels a victim of the Italian Job

PUBLISHED: 10:49 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2010

COLIN Lynes returned home from his Turin torment insisting he had been the victim of ring robbery when he lost his European light welterweight title on a split decision to Gianluca Branco in Italy on Friday night. Despite being floored by Lynes in the sec

COLIN Lynes returned home from his Turin torment insisting he had been the victim of ring robbery when he lost his European light welterweight title on a split decision to Gianluca Branco in Italy on Friday night.

Despite being floored by Lynes in the second round, veteran Branco was scored 114-113 twice, with a third judge carding the fight 115-114 for Lynes.

"I have watched the fight over and over since I returned and I still can't see how anyone can say I lost," said the Whitechapel-born fighter.

"I didn't feel it was slipping away and didn't feel the need to look desperate and go at him for no reason.

"I did all the cleaner work and with the knockdown as well - what else have you got to do to win?

"I suppose that's the price you pay for not winning the purse bid - even the Italians admitted I deserve a re-match. I just hope it can be made."

Branco was also open to a return meeting, but Lynes knows that promises mean little until the contracts are signed.

The Italian, who has never lost in his home country, does not want to fight again on foreign shores and Lynes will struggle to improve on last week's performance.

Lynes used his effective jab throughout and shook the experienced Italian with right hands but his counter-punching in the later rounds allowed Branco back into the fight.

The split decision that followed ensured that the EBU belt changed hands and saw Lynes join the long list of champions who have seen their title taken by Italian judges.

l Former English super bantamweight champion Marc Callaghan was also a loser in Turin, where he was outpointed by Belfast featherweight Martin Lindsay over eight rounds.

Callaghan, who trains at the Peacock gym in Canning Town, tried hard but unbeaten Lindsay boxed his way to his 12th straight victory.


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