It was the only real pick-em fight of card - a ten rounder for the vacant English welterweight title. Lynes, a former British and European champion at light welter, gave Colchester’s Lee Purdy a bit of a lesson in taking the British welterweight version back in 2011, but was relieved of it in a close points loss to old foe Junior Witter six months later.
This was a big step for Skeete, whose stiffest challenges to date have come from Croydon Bomber Chas Symonds and Galway’s Peter McDonagh. Lynes looked for a way past Skeete’s rangy jab in the opener, but couldn’t find one until the second, when he put Skeete down with a right hand that scuffed the top of his head. Skeete looked towards his corner, took a few seconds on the knee, and was up. Lyno pressured, but Skeete weathered the storm.
Lynes was caught off balance on the way in at the start of the third, but came on strong at the end of the round and tagged Skeete with a neat right hand. Skeete was ready for some afters, but was restrained by an alert Howard Foster, who was straight back in action after the controversial Froch v Groves stoppage last weekend.
From then on, Mr Foster didn’t have much left to do. After harsh words from Alan Smith in his corner, Skeete kept away and had a more successful fourth round with his pawing jab. Not as much pressure from Lyno in the final minute.
Skeete’s height and range advantages really started to work for him in the fifth. Lynes didn't get many opportunities to let his hands go, and was caught with two uppercuts on the way in as Skeete’s confidence grew.
Skeete’s support roared when he caught Lynes halfway through the seventh with a neat counter left hook to finish a fast exchange. The former British champion was marking up, but awaiting opportunity and always in with a shout. A right hand from Lynes put Skeete on red alert a minute into the ninth, and he was forced to hold. This put him into his shell again, and Lynes was back in it. He’d given Skeete a bloody nose.
Lynes kept throwing a heavy right in the closer, but Skeete kept his distance and jabbed over the line. Judges scored unanimously 96-94, 96-93, 97-93 for Skeete. Lynes wasn’t busy enough in the middle rounds.
Lyno, a professional for some 15 years, can still box a bit though. If this fight was over 12 rounds, I’d have maybe fancied him to win, but if my auntie had bollocks she’d be my uncle. Skeete will build towards the British title and there’s plenty of welterweight talent also awaiting the end of Frankie Gavin’s reign.
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