Evergreen puncher Witter eyes British crown

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HE may be the oldest in the Ingle gym but Junior Witter still hasn’t lost the desire to be a champion.

Even though welterweight Witter, aged 38, has held one of the most prestigious belts in world boxing and fought in arenas all over the world, the thought of being British champion again is driving him on.

Witter will fight Hornchurch’s Colin Lynes for the second time at Hillsborough Leisure Centre on May 12 with the British title at stake.

He beat Lynes unanimously at the York Hall back in 2005 in a defence of the British, Commonwealth and European belts and he’s confident of a repeat performance against Lynes now he’s the Lonsdale belt holder.

“The British title is without a doubt the title that everybody wants,” said former WBC champion Witter. “I’ve got a British title at home and I want another one. The young kids coming through have got the speed and skill but you can’t beat experience.

“Lynes has got the experience too, we’ve been there and done it and we’ve been champion before because we want it.

“If I want to stay in the game I’ve got to be a champion and it’s just bad luck for him that he’s got the belt that I want.”

Witter has stayed with the Ingles throughout his career and admits he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

“The training in the gym is second to none, their understanding of what you need as an individual fighter is why I’m still there,” he said.

“They read me, they know how to push me.”

Trainer Dominic Ingle admits that it’s going to be a close call this time around considering the miles Witter has on the clock.

He said: “It’s got to the stage where he won’t even tell us what his age is!

“Lynes is at the same age now as Junior was when he beat him and Junior was on his way to world title then.

“Junior’s slowed down a little bit, he’s in the last chance saloon and he’s at the bar and nobody is buying him a drink. He’s got to win this fight.”

n Two fighters from the Parson Cross Amaetur Club have reached the semi finals of the junior ABA’s. Nathan Owen edged out Hillsborough ABC’s Grant Turner in class five of the 50kg category. Mitch Osborn, meanwhile, in class six of the 75kg category, received a bye into the last four.