By Thomas Lyons
The transition from the amateur game to the pro-ranks is arguably what moulds a boxer into the ‘complete’ fighter. Experience cannot be bought in that sense and the decision to turn over gives them a chance to move through the levels and showcase their skills, acquired from the amateurs, and the accolades that come with this. This is no different for super-bantamweight Louie Lynn, who has announced his professional debut for March 24th, on the undercard of a heated heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne, at the O2 Arena.
Although no formal announcement has been made regarding Lynn’s promotional signing with Matchroom Boxing, there’s been a hint at a likely move to them, with Lynn posting on social media about a possible meeting with promoter Eddie Hearn. However, Lynn has been coached by former Matchroom protégé Kevin Mitchell at the 12×3 Gym and is looking forward to making his mark in the paid ranks.
An outstanding amateur with GB and representing his country at several national championships and major tournaments, Lynn recently became GB champ at the championships in December in Sheffield, beating Kyle Morrison of Wales in a 56kg contest. It turned out to be a very successful year in 2017 for Lynn, who also became ABA champion with the famous Repton Boxing Club, who’s produced a great degree of talent including Daniel Dubois. Dubois has since turned over and handled every obstacle put in front of him as a professional. The England Boxing Elite Bantamweight champion will be looking for similar success and have his career guided accordingly. Matchroom have certainly asserted themselves, attracting the best potential produced from the GB setup, seen with the signing of Joshua Buatsi, Anthony Fowler, and most notably the unified World Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua. Following the same route as an amateur, Lynn will be itching to show what he’s learnt being around the best boxers of the recent Olympic cycle, and the changes he’ll need to make to suit the style of professional boxing.
Finishing last year with a flourish, Lynn has a promising 2018 ahead, now that he has managed to get himself onto another top bill, headlined by two heavy hitters in Whyte and Browne. Nevertheless, the super-bantamweight division has lit up with another tasty domestic clash between Gavin McDonnell and Gamal Yafai for the WBC International title added to the Brook-Rabcehnko card in Sheffield on March 3rd.
It’s very early days for Lynn but he’ll know that there are some great matchups further down the line and will motivate him to achieve similar things to the amateur days. The crop of talent from GB is filling the agenda for boxing in 2018 and has become a breath of fresh air, seeing these boxers develop over time and gain valuable experience fight by fight.