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Lynes prepares for welter-wait

PUBLISHED: 14:59 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

EUROPEAN light welterweight champion Colin Lynes is sweating on his scheduled title defence against Italian challenger Gianluca Branco - with the hope that he will not have to travel to Italy to risk his crown. The Whitechapel-born champion, a member of

EUROPEAN light welterweight champion Colin Lynes is sweating on his scheduled title defence against Italian challenger Gianluca Branco - with the hope that he will not have to travel to Italy to risk his crown.

The Whitechapel-born champion, a member of Paul Cook's stable, looked set to defend the belt against the 37-year-old Branco in May - many months after it was first ordered by the European Boxing Union.

But a venue for the contest has yet to be confirmed with Lynes under pressure to take the fight to Italy.

The uncertainty began when the fight was first booked for Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre in January, only for the Italian, who clearly prefers home advantage, to pull out of the fight with an injury.

Finnish rival Juho Tolppola stepped in to face Lynes and the champion slammed his way to a clear points win on the night.

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