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Lynn is hunting for European title

Thursday, 14th March, 2019 8:00am
Lynn is hunting for European title

Lynn ‘The Hunter’ Harvey.

Lynn is hunting for European title

Lynn ‘The Hunter’ Harvey.

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Callum Lavery

NORTHSIDE boxer Lynn ‘The Hunter’ Harvey is flying off to Madrid next week to fight for the E.B.U European title.

The Kilbarrack mother-of-one is one of the few female professional boxers in the country, but that will not stop her taking on current E.B.U European champion Catalina Diaz on March 23 outside Madrid.

Harvey says she is absolutely focused for her upcoming fight and has put years of preparation into this moment. 

“I’m so focused for this fight, and so well prepared,” she tells Northside People. 

“I’ve covered every single area, from sparring and pads to fitness and footwork, to even seeing a sports psychologist and getting sponsors, to nutrition and supplements. There’s literally no more I can do. I feel fully prepared.

“There is not even a part of me thinking that there's a chance of me going over there and losing it.”

Harvey says her rival Diaz is a difficult opponent but she is not worried about stepping into the ring with the current belt holder.

“I had a quick look at her and I know what her records and stuff are,” she says. 

“I know she is very tough, as in, she’s very durable and she has never been stopped. Neither have I.

“But she hasn’t any knockouts either, and a lot of mine were KOs. I know she is tough, but the way I look at it is: if she hasn’t stopped anyone yet, she isn’t going to stop me.”

What makes Harvey’s career even more impressive is that the 38-year-old only began boxing after she turned 30. 

“I started boxing when I was 30, I actually joined a boxercise class to keep fit,” she says.

“Then, I started to train properly and joined a boxing club that year. In the first year I was the novice All-Ireland Champion and in the second year I won the intermediate, then in the third year I was the Elite Irish Champion.

“I turned pro three years ago and I am going for my seventh professional fight in Madrid next week now. This is my first fight for a belt and a pretty prestigious belt as well, so it is an honour to even fight for it.”

Mentality is key for the boxer who has been visualising her win for months now. 

“I have on my screensaver on my phone: Lynn Harvey European Champion March 23rd 2019 and I have a picture of the belt on my wall in my room so I know what I’m fighting for. It’s my belt and I’m bringing it home,” she says. 

‘The Hunter’ is so excited for her fight next week that she is bringing a whole camera crew to record her fight. 

“I have a camera man coming over with me who’s going to be documenting the whole thing, so it is going to be all recorded. And also, maybe an independent filmmaker,” she adds.

“I just have a feeling that there will be something special happening over here and it would be great to have it all on film to look back on.”

To keep up to date on Harvey’s training, and information on how to watch the fight on March 23, follow Lynn ‘The Hunter’ Harvey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Lynn ‘The Hunter’ Harvey.

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