33 year old, Colin Lynes has become the oldest British Welterweight title with a commanding 12 round majority decision victory over the champion Lee Purdy in the ‘Battle of Essex’ at the York Hall on Wednesday night.
It was an explosive opening with Purdy coming forward but walking into the punches of Lynes who was jabbing and moving not letting the champion get set.
Through the middle rounds Lynes picked off Purdy with his jabs but Lee showed signs of improvement through rounds 6 and 7. He started to connect with hooks to the body but Lynes was able to land the cleaner blows.
With 3 rounds to go Purdy knew he needed a knockout and consequently was knocked down with 30 seconds remaining in round 10.
Lynes held on in rounds 11 and 12 to record the victory and improved his record to (36-9) while Purdy drops to (16-3-1).
The judges scored the fight (119-110, 117-112) while Ian John-Lewis had it a draw at 114-114. After the fight Lynes said, “A lot of people wrote me off and I don’t blame them, I’m 33 years old. Lee is an up and coming boxer but I’m always ready, always up for the challenge.”
In the other results:
Mike Perez def. Zack Page via points.
Erick Ochieng def. Dee Mitchell via points.
John Ryder def. Luke Osman via TKO round 2.
Chris Evangelou def. Joel Ryan via points.
Albert Sosnowski draw with Hastings Rasani.