Lynes Beats Purdy To Become
Two-Time Champ; Rising Stars Ryder & Ochieng Shine
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
Former British, European
and IBO World Champ champ Colin Lynes added the second
Lonsdale belt to his collection, after comprehensively
beating defending champ Lee Purdy in a storming war at
York Hall, last night.
The scintillating British title battle was a fitting
finale to an evening of top class boxing from some of
the best young prospects from the UK, headed by the
likes of the sensational pairing Erick ‘The Eagle’
Ochieng and John Ryder, and beyond.
Prior to the start of the Purdy-Lynes British title
fight a standing ten bell was sounded in honour of
legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe
Frazier, who had passed away on Tuesday.
With a chorus of Lyno, Lyno, Lyno, echoing around the
hallowed York Hall the opening bell rung. In an instant
defending champ Purdy and challenger Lynes moved in
unison to meet centre ring, no hanging around or feeling
out with this pair. Lynes throws the first shots, a
stinging stiff jab, Purdy goes to counter but Lynes
moves out of range before returning another powerful
Throughout the first three rounds Lynes totally
dominates, having totally neatralised Purdy’s game plan
with his world class ring craft, the aforementioned
superb jabbing and lightning quick combinations. That’s
not to say that Purdy never landed a shot, he did but
Lynes would respond each time with a flurry of shots to
outscore Purdy three or four to one and as such I scored
each of these rounds to Lynes.
The fourth round was a much closer affair, as in the
early rounds Lynes calmly stayed on the back foot to
pick of the forward coming Champ. However Purdy started
to get a little more success on each foray, as such I
scored this round a draw.
The fifth started with Purdy getting some good success,
after about thirty seconds or so he landed a cracking
right, Lynes just shock it off and returned a big
left-right of his own. Normal service then resumed with
Lynes controlling the proceedings right up to the final
few seconds when Purdy again managed to get through
Lynes’ defense to land another solid right. Lynes had
landed not just the biggest numbers but also the most
meaningful shots throughout to win the round in my book.
Purdy steps up the pressure in the sixth, but no matter
how hard he pushes couldn’t seem to find a way past the
excellent Lynes defense or jab. As every round before it
was non-stop action and as before the vast majority of
the point scoring work was coming from Lynes, who as we
go into the seventh I have ahead by five clear rounds.
Now as I said each previous round was action packed,
however in the seventh somehow these Warriors managed to
pack even more in. This round has to have been one of
the best rounds of the year so far.
Purdy was clearly aware his hopes of retaining the
coveted belt were fading, as such Purdy somehow managed
to step it up another level again and really went for
it. However Lynes seemed fully prepared for this change
in tactics and had also shifted up a gear.
The assembled crowd, as well as those watching live on
Skysports, were treated to three minutes of pure
pugilistic heaven. Both protagonists reached deep into
their well stocked arsenal of punches as the toe to toe
battle raged on. Once again Lynes out boxed Purdy, no
matter what ‘Lights Out’ tried Lynes did it better,
Purdy would land a big right, Lynes would return with an
even heavier right, followed by a left or a hook to the
body, so much so again I scored it in the Hornchurch’s
Somehow these two warriors kept up the same pace for the
eight round, Purdy initially had some success and got
through with a couple of solid rights, however Lynes was
in the zone and just plain out boxed Purdy. Late on in
the round a cut appeared over Purdy’s right eye, whilst
Lynes had landed a fair few solid punches in the round
in all honesty I feel it was just the high level of
solid jabs Purdy had absorbed throughout the bout that
had caused the cut. After three minutes of explosive
action Lynes again took the round in my book.
Now bear in mind that I said round seven was probably
one of the best rounds of the year, and round eight was
not far off, well they have just been surpassed as the
ninth was nothing short of sensational. It was a bloody
slug fest of almighty proportions. For virtually the
whole round the pair went at it hammer and tongs. Purdy
was beginning to get desperate, throwing wild shots that
Lynes avoided with ease, to make matters worse the cut
over his eye was gushing blood.
As we go into the tenth I have Lynes a clear eight and
half rounds up, plus Purdy is badly cut. Purdy needs a
knockout, a couple of knockdowns will not suffice now.
The tenth starts at the same pace as the ninth, although
this time Lynes was on the front foot chasing down the
wounded Purdy, again it was a sensational round Lynes
was boxing sensationally, Purdy gets more ragged as the
round goes on, then with about fifty seconds to go Purdy
is sent crashing to the canvas - I have to say that I
didn’t actually see what punch did the deed as it came
during a wicked high paced exchange between the two.
When the bell sounded to end the round Purdy’s
supporters started leaving in droves, now whilst I am
used to seeing this at football matches I’ve never ever
seen this at a boxing match.
As we start the first of the Championship rounds Lynes’
supporters, who had been vocal throughout, raised the
decibel levels to a whole new level, literally all you
could hear was a chorus of Lyno, Lyno, Lyno, as the
A virtual replay of the ninth round ensued, sensational
toe to toe slugging sessions interspersed with back and
forth action, in the final seconds Lynes makes yet
another massive attack and backs Purdy up with another
double handed flurry of heavy shots. As before Lynes
again dominates the majority of the time to secure yet
Purdy is clearly aware he needs a knockout to stand any
chance of retaining his crown and comes out strong in
the final round, to no avail though as Lynes was in
sensational form and countered everything Purdy threw at
him. With just over a minute of the bout remaining Lynes
instigates yet another toe to toe exchange much to the
horror of his coaches Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, Mark starts
screaming from ringside at Lynes don’t take any risks
and to get back to the jab and keep it long, but the
warrior inside Lynes was in control and the toe to toe
slug fest more or less continued to the final bell.
Whilst there was no doubt in my mind, or anyone else's
at York Hall come to that, that Lynes was the new
British Welterweight Champion it wasn’t until the judges
scorecards were read out that the celebrations could
start in earnest.
The look on MC’s John McDonald face when he looked at
the scores indicated that they may not be a clear cut as
the fight was, then when he decided to check with
Southern Area Chairman Mick Collier I feared that this
could be yet another contentious result. Sure enough
there was something well wrong with one of the judges
scores, whilst two of the judges scored the bout in
Lynes’ favour - Richard James Davies who scored it
119-110 and Mark Green who scored it 117-112 the third
judge Ian John-Lewis incredibly scored this heavily one
sided bout a 114-114 draw!
The reason I had made the comment ‘yet another
contentious result’ is that the result for the preceding
bout - between Chris Evangelou and Joel Ryan - was more
than a little dubious.
Evangelou started strong but Ryan soon got to grips with
the normally slippery customer and started to control
the bout from around the mid point of the first round.
Evangelou, who is used to having it all his ways, was
denied any room to work, Ryan kept ‘Flash’ on the back
foot and picked him off with double handed flurries of
I scored the first round a draw, even though Ryan had
done the majority of the work, as well as thrown more
shots, the couple of shots Evangelou had landed were
In my book Ryan easily earned the second and third
rounds, The 21 year old from Walsall outworked ‘The
Flash’ throughout, he not only worked harder but also
threw, and landed, far more shots than the designated
The final round was all Ryan, he plain out boxed
Evangelou - who barely threw a meaningful punch all
round. Midway through the round Evangelou’s normally
highly vocal fans, who had been silenced by Ryan’s
dominating performance as early as the second minute of
the first round, came to life screaming at their man to
do something, Evangelou responded but Ryan shrugged it
off and returned with a big flurry of his own to silence
the crowd once more.
Image my surprise, as well as that of the majority of
the crowd, when the result was announced as 39-37 in
favour of Evangelou.
Prior to the Evangelou-Ryan bout was an international
Heavyweight contest between Ireland based Cuban Mike
Perez and Ohio, USA’s Zack Page. It’s always good to see
the Heavyweights in action, to have two heavyweight
bouts on the same show is a real treat, especially when
one features such a talent as Mike Perez.
Perez set out his stall early, he was looking for a big
knockout finish that’s for sure. Virtually his first big
shot shook the durable Page, but the American wasn’t
gone to just roll over, after all he’d come to fight.
Page used his ring savvy, to stay out of range as much
as possible, as well as his jab to good effect. Perez
wasn’t deterred one iota and just kept walking his prey
down before launching forward with big shot after big
Throughout the bout Perez looked dangerous, you couldn’t
help but feel that Page would end up on the canvas, it
really was a matter of when not if. Page’s first visit
to canvas came early in the third but was rightly waved
off, as it was more a comedy of errors than a punch that
sent the off balance American back stepping across the
ring, before landing on his ‘ass’. A short while later
Perez takes a visit to the deck, again this was waved
off as it was a slip.
Pages second visit most definitely was a knockdown,
again this was in the third stanza, Perez launched
himself forward a connected with a solid left to the
body to send the American down.
Both fighters settled down in the fourth to put on a
great show of boxing for the crowd. Perez was by far the
more effective but you can’t take anything away from
Page, he resisted the urge to stay on his toes and took
the fight to Perez at times. One really good exchange
see Page mirror Perez’s southpaw stance, the instant
result see the pair simultaneously land solid right hand
jabs. Perez kept pushing forward and let off a lightning
Perez started to started to pile on the pressure in the
fifth, the pace may have been slower but the big punches
really started to fly. When the round ended no one was
left in any doubt on just how durable Page’s chin was, I
mean he took four thunderously heavy lefts and just
shrugged them off.
There was another trip to the canvas for both Page and
Perez in the sixth, Page seemed to slip and in doing so
dragged Perez down with him.
The final two rounds see Perez pressuring throughout,
clearly intent on adding another stoppage finish to his
record. Page really did a great job avoiding each exocet
Perez fired in his direction and make the final bell.
After an excellent and highly entertaining eight rounds
referee Richie Davies scored the bout 80-71 in favour of
Perez, exactly the same as I did.
The preceding bout see Islington’s John Ryder destroy
Luke Osman in under 6 minutes. Ryder was on fire right
from the opening bell and systematically walked down
Osman before letting rip with big body shots, often
followed with a follow up to the head. On various
occasions, both in the first and second rounds it looked
like Osman would be headed for a trip to the canvas, so
there was no surprise when yet another vicious left to
the body that Osman dropped to one knee to take the
Osman showed massive heart as he rose to his feet,
deeming attack being the best form of defense took the
fight to Ryder. After about fifteen seconds or so Ryder
backed Osman to the ropes and started another foray,
with a huge double handed attack. Luckily the referee
spotted Osman was not defending himself and jumped in,
on the two minute and fourteen second mark, to stop the
fight before Ryder could inflict any further damage.
Ryder looked everything a true prospect should be, he’s
climbed to the top half of my list of ‘ones to watch’
following this performance, that’s for sure.
Talking of my list, one of the perennial front runners,
the supremely talented Light Middleweight prospect Erick
‘The Eagle’ Ochieng was also in action, against
Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell.
Ochieng was hoping for an English title shot on the show
but when that didn’t materialize quite happily decided
to stay busy with a six rounder.
Throughout the rounds Ochieng showcased his full arsenal
of punches, as well as demonstrated his defensive
ability to the full. The early rounds were played out in
centre ring mainly, with some cracking exchanges from
As the bout progressed Ochieng played to the stands,
happily positioned with his back to the ropes he would
dip and sway, avoiding everything that was thrown at
him, before picking off Mitchell with crisp clean lefts
It was another cracking bout, Ochieng confidently
controlled the rounds with his superb skills, don’t get
me wrong Mitchell fought his heart out, but a classy
operator like Ochieng can make anyone look average.
The crowd, which had been chanting ‘Eagle, Eagle, Eagle,
throughout turned the volume up another notch when John
McDonald announced Ochieng the victor by a 59-55 points
The second bout of the night see Upminster’s Ryan Taylor
take on York’s Graham Fearn.
Taylor boxed superbly thoughout the bout and easily
controlled the lively Fearn, except for an aggressive
attack early in the second when Fearn let rip with a
fourteen punch flurry.
Throughout Taylor used his jab to good effect as well as
occasional pulled some excellent uppercuts and hooks
from his arsenal. Taylor really kicked it up for the
last thirty seconds of the final round and landed some
big shots that shook Fearn to the core. No surprise that
when the referee’s score card was read out Taylor has
secured his first win by a 40-36 points margin.
The opening bout of the night see former World title
challenger Albert Sosnowski against Birmingham’s
perennial entertainer Hastings Rasani in a six round
What a cracking opening bout, both protagonists came for
a scrap that’s for sure, throughout the bout the pair
went at it hammer and tongs. Rasani has a bit of a
reputation as an upsetter and to be honest showed that
form against the former European Champion.
It was Rasani that took the high road to pressure his
younger opponent, often letting rip with massive rights
that tested Sosnowski’s chin to the max, mind you
Sosnowski tested Rasani’s resilience on almost as many
occasions each round.
In one way I was quite pleased the referee scored the
bout a draw, even though I had Rasani ahead by a single
point on my score card, as both men really did put on a
excellent show, one that set the tone for the top class
night of boxing.
Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport really did pull out all
the stops with this midweek event, it was first class.
It was great to see Colin Lynes back in Championship
action, and of course securing another title, it was
also great to see some of our best young talents getting
an outing on a televised show. My only disappointment on
the whole event was some of the decisions and poor
scoring, but that’s not down to Eddie or Matchroom.