Fantastic Colin Lynes added the European belt to his Collection as he out-boxed Young Mutley at Wolverhampton Civic Hall to add the vacant European light-welterweight title to his British crown, he won only 6 weeks ago.
The impressive Londoner took the fight at late notice after Ted Bami pulled out, controlled every round before finally sending the former British welterweight champion down in the eighth, moments after forcing a standing count.
Lynes sought to seize control of the bout from the opening bell and kept Mutley – noticeably the bigger man and certainly regarded the bigger puncher after a recent fight at welterweight level , at arm’s length with his jab.
Every blow landed by West Bromwich-born Mutley was greeted with a roar by the crowd, but a left hook from Lynes was the best shot of the opening exchanges.
Mutley, 31, was repeatedly caught as he tried in vain to get inside Lynes’ snapping jab and land his own potent weapon the left hook but the British champion looking the sharper early on.
A solid left hook to the body unsettled Mutley in the third but he hit back with a clubbing left hook to Lynes’ temple before taking one of his own.
Lynes, 29, connected with another good left to his opponent’s head in the next round as he continued to dominate proceedings and was dominating the proceedings, there was an air of swagger from Colin, he looked in the zone.
An increasingly dejected looking Mutley finally backed Lynes on to the ropes in the fifth but it was one of the rare occasions and Lynes still was not outmaneuvered.
Lynes landed another good body blow in the seventh and it was all over in the eighth as first Lynes forced a standing count for Mutley when a chopping right caught Mutley flush and then Lynes seized the opportunity, forcing the standing count. Then with little over a minute of the round left quick-fire combination of hooks sent the home fighter crashing to the canvas and the ref was forced to stop the fight.
A delighted Lynes admitted afterwards he had not expected to win so comprehensively.
“I feel great, I don’t think it will sink until next week,” he told Sky Sports.
Colin looked fantastically sharp and his Jabs were a potent weapon followed by overhand rights, that was landing with alarming accuracy. His movement was also exceptional.
Colin Lynes shops at Sugar Ray’s and think he was quite simply fantastic last night. He has worked so hard to get to this position and we would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best, he deserves it!
Colin’s pre-fight interview was on Sky Sports 1 and he was in a Sugar Ray’s ring!
Good to see Nicky Cook back in the ring, even if it wasn’t to fight holding a belt and I am sure he will be holding his own belt again soon.
Six months after suffering the heartbreak of a world title fight falling through at the last minute, Nicky Cook experienced more agony at the O2 Arena against Steven Luevano.
Brave Cook was dropped five times by the American before succumbing to an 11th round stoppage.
He dropped Cook early on with a shot high on the temple, and the home fighter did well to survive a torrid second round and get back into the fight, home supporters was on the feet sensing Nicky may be able to steel a verdict.
Then, as Cook desperately tried to force the fight in the closing rounds, he was put on the canvas four more times.
Twice in the ninth he was sickened by body shots – he dug deep to get back on his feet – then in the 10th, after giving it a real go, he went down more from fatigue after giving it his all from a hard punch.
By the 11th, cut, bloodied and bruised, he was fighting on instinct and a left hand to the stomach, thrown by full force by Luevano, finished him.
It was Cook’s first defeat – after winning the European, Commonwealth and British titles.
Having said that he lost to a quality opponent – promoted by Bob Arum and the beneficiary of quality sparring in California, Luevano looks a class act.
We spoke to a bitterly disappointed Nicky after the fight, whom is going on holiday for a week with his family to rethink his future.
We at Sugar Ray’s hope that on reflection Nicky is not to disappointed losing and at 27 is only nearing his peak, we hope he bounces back soon and realizes what a courageous brave performance it was.
o2 London’s Burning Bill is Now shown on TV after Frank Warren secured a deal for the show. The main bill is on ITV4 from 8pm and it switches to ITV at 9.10 for Amir Khan.
Team Cook hope to be making waves with Nicky Cook fighting for a World Title. Other Team Cook fighters Include The Real Mitchell’s, Kevin and Vinny and also Michael Lomax ex ABA winner.
Nicky has had a few days of press conferences and the weigh in is today, a representative of Team Cook picked up[ the last few bit’s N pieces on Wednesday) and said Nicky is in great shape and looking forward to Saturday.
Team Cook all shop at Sugar Ray’s and we would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best for the night. We have our Tickets and looking forward to a great night watching this superb boxing bill.
Mark Thompson’s big fight step up after just 7 days notice and at a higher weight than he normally fights at (reports are that he was a stone lighter by the time he got in the ring to fight) may not of got him the win he wanted against the experienced south african, but he will come away highly regarded by people viewing him on his sky debut.
Mark was fantastic in the first two rounds and the risk looked to be paying off, in round 3 he was floored and looked to be on his way out but rallied well and caught his second wind flooring his opponent with a fantastic body shot in the following round. 5 and 6 were close with Mark showing determination and ending well, lack of experience and fatigue caught up with Mark and he was stopped in the 8th.
Any one watching the fight witnessed a small venue classic and Mark will walk away with his held high and held in even higher regard than before, we can’t wait to see him in action again. It was great to see someone take a chance and step up, we are disappointed he did not win, but feel proud to have watched the fight and the paying public I am sure will be appreciative of the efforts he gave.
Mark shops at Sugar Ray’s and is part of the impressive Harris camp with Khan and Moore in the stable. We Salute Mark for his valiant efforts, he is one of the nice guy’s in and out of the ring and we are so pleased that Sky viewers have had a chance to watch a future Champion so early in his career. Well done Mark it wasn’t the desired result but the effect will be the same.
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