“I have to get it over and done with” – Lynn Harvey

Fresh from her well-received appearance on First Dates Ireland last week, Lynn Harvey [2(2)-1(0)] takes to the ring tomorrow evening in Dublin. However, the 35 year old isn’t in a loving mood.

Harvey opens the show on the Red Corner Promotions card at the National Stadium and, between the memories of her last fight in Dublin and some ill-discipline from her opponent, the Kilbarrack KO artist is looking to take out her anger.

It’s a return to the venue of Harvey’s painful defeat to Mary Romero last November, where she fell to a six-round points defeat to the physically-larger Spaniard. While the trip back to the South Circular Road may bring back a few bad memories, the Dubliner feels it is a necessary step on her way to the top.

“To be honest, when I go over there I might get a little bit… but it’ll be fine, I have to get it over and done with,” she mused.

“I thought I’d be a bit more nervous, but every fight I have I seem to be getting more relaxed.”

Tomorrow will be Harvey’s first pro fight at light flyweight and, after some chopping and changing, she will fight an unknown quantity in Romanian Sara Regina Coca [0-1(0)].

Initially scheduled to face former Spanish title challenger Maribel De Sousa, Harvey saw this opponent pulled due to an inability to make weight. Frustratingly, for all involved, Coca weighed in today heavier than what De Sousa had intended to weigh in at herself.

Harvey described how “It was alright [making weight], it was a little bit tough this week, but it’s grand, I made it.”

“It’s a little bit annoying when you show up and the opponent’s two kilo over, but sure what can you do?”

“It makes no odds. I’m fully confident I’m going to go in and do the business. I’ve no doubt that I’m going to beat her.”

The Northside puncher had a starring role in an episode of ‘First Dates Ireland’ last week, attracting a lot of media attention. The appearance, filmed last Summer, was an enjoyable distraction ahead of the real business tomorrow night.

“I don’t think it affected ticket sales, but I got a few messages looking for dates!” joked Harvey.

“I said ‘no, but do you want a ticket?’ I probably should have said ‘yes, if you buy a ticket!'”

“I went on looking for mean tweets, I wanted to buzz off their heads, but no one said anything bad!” she noted.

“I was happy with how it came out, I deliberately didn’t do anything that could have been moulded into something else. I was careful, I didn’t want to embarrass my son.”

Also featuring on the Luke Keeler v Lewis Taylor undercard will be Eric Donovan, Steve Collins Jr, Noely Murphy, Chris Blaney, Connor Coyle, Jay Byrne, Allan Phelan. and debutant Thomas Finnegan.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie