Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

McCloskey can beat Khan: Lynes

The last time Colin Lynes came face to face with Paul McCloskey, the Dungiven man was torturing him with his classy skills and capturing the British light-welterweight title.

Over the next fortnight Lynes is helping McCloskey retain his European title when he clashes with Giuseppe Lauri at the King’s Hall on June 11.

The former European champion has no doubt that McCloskey will be too sharp for the Italian and also believes he can go all the way to a World title.

Indeed, Lynes believes he could dethrone WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan.

“Sure, why not. I believe he could beat Khan. Paul has the ability and the style to give anyone in the world a hard night,” said Lynes, before going to work with McCloskey in Breen’s Gym.

“Paul’s a very smart boxer and I’m sure that he can go to the next level and fight for the world title.”

While Lynes is moving up to welterweight, he still feels he didn’t do himself justice against McCloskey when stopped in nine rounds in 2008.

“I was finding it hard to make weight but also we look after our nephew who has learning difficulties and he would have been up four and five times a night so that didn’t help,” he said.

“I don’t think I was myself that night and that’s why I still believe that I have a lot more to offer and I’m going up to welterweight.”

As for McCloskey’s clash with Lauri, he added: “This is the second coming of Lauri. He’s a better fighter than before but Paul should be too good for him.”

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