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Saturday 23 March 2019

Harvey 'can't wait' for title shot

Lynn Harvey
Lynn Harvey

After what had been a rollercoaster year or two which involved retirement, a couple of cancelled comebacks and a belated knock-out return, Lynn Harvey is looking forward to fighting for the EBU strawweight title next month.

She was just as surprised as anyone when manager Jay Byrne gave her the good news, but now the focus is on Spain's Catalina Diaz on February 27.

The fight has been scheduled to take place in Diaz's hometown of Cadiz and will be for the vacant blue belt - and Harvey can't wait.

"I'm chuffed, so chuffed," the Kilbarrack native told the Herald.

"Really, this finally feels like my luck has changed. You know, I've spoken a lot about it, there was so much bad luck and so many bad things that happened but I just thought, 'this has to turn'. I never let myself get disheartened.

"When I came back it was a real test, I had a horrible camp and it was a case of 'how much do you want this' but I really enjoyed being back in the ring, and winning, and I can't wait for it now."

The strawweight contest will be as low a weight Harvey has fought as a pro, but she has already enlisted the help of the Irish Strength Institute's John Connor and is confident she will enter the ring as a strong fighter at the class.

"John has been there for me since the beginning and we have already met and he has already mapped things out for me, week by week," Harvey said.

"I'm actually quite heavy at the moment - for a fighter as opposed to a normal girl - but that's a good thing because I know with John's help it will fall off me.

"I'm going to be very big for the weight class and I'm 100pc confident I can win this belt and achieve my dreams.

"I've had a look at Catalina, I usually wouldn't even know what they look like but I'll be studying her and I'll be ready.

"It's in her back yard but that doesn't bother me. It's actually a weight off my mind not having to do tickets, so I can just focus on the fight.

"I must say too, my manager Jay Byrne, he's some boyo. I don't know how he does it but he's gotten me this opportunity and I'm just so thankful to him.

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