Boxing: Daws draws Lynes' sting
Saturday 21 January 2006
It was the first title fight in a British ring of 2006 and when the year is over it is likely to be voted one of the very best. Last night at York Hall, Bethnal Green, Lenny Daws started as the firm underdog but after 10 rounds he forced Colin Lynes to retire on his stool.
At stake was the Southern Area light-welterweight title but more importantly the winner of last night's gruelling encounter will fight for the vacant British version of the light-welterweight title. Lynes had previously lost just twice in 28 fights and his past three bouts had all gone the full 12 rounds but Daws had never gone beyond eight rounds and in his brief 12-fight career his progress had been satisfactory, certainly not spectacular.
Once the first bell sounded it was clear that Lynes was the more confident boxer, the stronger boxer, and by round four he looked like he had taken control and was settling for a 12-round points victory: that was exactly the outcome that most experts had predicted before the fight.
However, Daws has always been extremely fit and by round six it was clear that his workrate was too much for Lynes and from that point until the shock retirement there was simply nothing that the more seasoned boxer could do.
By the end of round 10 Lynes looked miserable and dejected as he traipsed back to his corner and as he slumped on to the stool there was a look of defeat mixed with surprise on his face.
A few seconds later it was waved off and Daws had pulled off the first shock of 2006 and secured for himself a British title fight some time before the end of May.
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