26 May 2010 – By Cormac Campbell
Paul McCloskey has hired in the help of former foe Colin Lynes as he prepares for the first defence of his European light-welterweight title against Guiseppe Lauri at the Kings Hall on June 11.
McCloskey defeated Lynes in December 2008 to win the vacant British crown. Less than a year later he knocked out Daniel Rasilla to claim continental honours a title previously held by the Englishman.
I had a spar with Colin Lynes for the last couple of days, weve brought him in and he is coming back next week, McCloskey told irish-boxing.com.
Im feeling sharp and he is sharp which is good for me. He lost the European title then he went for the British title. David Barnes dropped out and I came in so we have a bit of history but we are all in this game together and nobody gets it easy. He has been there, done it and that is why I have him here.
Im feeling fast and very sharp. Lauri isnt the fastest with his feet or his hands but he carries a bit of a dig but I plan to get my punches off first which Colin is helping me with. I have fought a few boys who were rough and tough.
Among these was a difficult nights work against Englishman Nigel Wright in Limerick when McCloskey was building his ranking for the British title.
The Nigel Wright fight was more to do with a wee butt that closed my eye so I had to do things a little differently but that happens in fights. You can get cut, or get an injury of some description. It doesnt always go to plan.
Stay tuned to irish-boxing.com for more build-up to McCloskey vs Lauri.