Lynes ready for Barnes test

PUBLISHED: 16:56 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 05 October 2010

Colin Lynes faces Manchester rival David Barnes in a British light-welterweight title showdown tomorrow night in a searching examination of his championship credentials

COLIN LYNES faces Manchester rival David Barnes in a British light-welterweight title showdown tomorrow night in a searching examination of his championship credentials.

Whitechapel-born Lynes, a member of Paul Cook's successful stable of fighters, suffered a setback in his last outing when he travelled to Turin and lost his European title on a controversial decision against Italian Gianluca Branco.

Now the 31-year-old faces a real test at Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre against the Manchester fighter, who took over the British belt after Lynes was forced to vacate the crown following his European title win.

Lynes knows that another title defeat will be a serious blow to his future ambitions, but victory could herald a return to more glory on the international scene.

Barnes has a solid record with just a single defeat in 26 contests.

But there is confidence in the Lynes camp that the northerner will suffer a second defeat on Friday night.

Lynes has previously recorded victories against two of Barnes recent victims - Barry Morrison and Arek Malek - and did so in more convincing style than the Manchester fighter.

He started the year with an impressive win over Finnish challenger Juho Tolppola in a European defence at Goresbrook - and now he plans to end the year with another title triumph at the local venue.

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