Ajose leaves Lynes lagging

Olusegun takes the wind out Lynes and closes in on world title

Last updated: 4th April 2010  

Ajose Olusegun kept his name in the frame for a world-title shot by stopping Colin Lynes.

The Commonwealth light-welterweight champion barely had to move out of second gear, but found a sickening finish eight rounds in.

A right to the bottom of the ribcage left Lynes wretching on his feet and struggling for breath before he wisely took a knee in the corner, still reeling from the after-affects.

It was a strange ending to a fight between two experienced and able competitors that although didn't quite live up to expectations, did provide a calm before the storm David Haye had threatened to unleash.

Olusegun climbed into the ring ranked second by the WBC and must now have a chance of meeting champion Devon Alexander before long.

It was hard to judge his world-title credentials here, the Commonwealth champion's ungainly style and Lynes bustling approach making it hard for either to settle into a rhythm.

Olesugun had most of the early success, both hands working the body well whenever the challenger came into range although when he did land, he was reluctant to move in and pile on the pressure.

Lynes best round was probably the third, as his jab found it's range but a big left hook to the side of his head had him clinging on in the sixth and although his experience saw him through that, it was simply a sign of things to come.

In the sixth a right had the same result and sensing that the challenger was struggling, Olusegun finally upped his tempo. Perhaps sensing the challenger was having trouble taking bodyshots, he let them go whenever he could and before the round, Lynes was struggling for breath.

Still Olusegun did not pounce and another round of patient, pick-and-move punching gave his opponent some welcome breathing space.

But it did little to restore his respiratory powers and when the pair became tangled towards the end of the eigth, a short stabbing right to the ribs ended Lynes' resistance, his stomach the problem.

It is not the first time it has happened to Lynes - he was sick between rounds against Lenny Daws and eventually halted by the same problem back in 2006 - and a few seconds after the grapple an audible cough saw Lynes convulse in the corner and take a knee.

A sheepish Olusegun was muted in his celebrations, sensing something might be wrong with the likeable loser. Or maybe he realised that if he wants to conquer the world, he will need to do a lot more when he has the measure of his man.

Lynes immediately hinted at moving up a weight and put the bizarre finish down to problems getting down to 140lbs.

"There was nothing in the engine," he told Sky Box Office.

"I knew I would take two or three rounds to warm up because of his silly style, but I was absolutely empty.

"I started wretching a couple of rounds before that - and all you can do when someone hits you is take a knee."