Watt: First setback can be making of me – as Summer Rumble looms on the horizon

Castle Eden-based boxer Lynden Watt (left) with new trainer Davey Binns

Castle Eden-based boxer Lynden Watt (left) with new trainer Davey Binns

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Boxing prospect Lynden Watt has thanked Peterlee trainer Davey Binns for turning around his fledgling career.

And he is backing England coach Binns to work his magic on Sunderland’s Glenn Foot, when the Sky Prizefighter champ fights for the vacant British welterweight title this summer.

Foot will have Binns in his corner when he takes on Sam Eggington at the Manchester Arena in July for the British welterweight belt.

And 27-year-old Foot could not be in better hands says the Castle Eden-based middleweight.

Watt – who missed out on amateur boxing experience when he concentrated on kick-boxing as a teenager – confessed: “I was all but ready to give up boxing after losing for the first time last year, but now I’m sure Davey can be the making of me.

“I’d won my first couple of pro fights and was feeling confident when I got tagged in my third last November, and lost.

“If I’m honest, I was pretty disheartened and down afterwards and genuinely thought about giving up the sport. Instead, I took some advice, and changed trainer and I can’t believe the difference Davey has made to me.

“I’m a different boxer and I think I showed that in my comeback fight at Hartlepool last month.”

Watt comprehensively beat Rochester’s Haidar Sadik over four punishing rounds and is already looking forward to his next fight, on Phil Jeffries’ Summer Rumble show early next month.

Lynden earned sponsorship from Grosvenor Casino Stockton, on the back of his recent improvement.

And he believes his career can now go from strength to strength under the guidance of Binns. “It’s important now that I keep fighting regularly,” and the good thing for North East boxers is that there are plenty of shows being held in the region at the moment,” added Watt.

“I’m full of confidence with Davey in my corner and I know the same goes for Glenn Foot, Jonson McClumpha and the rest of the lads he coaches.”

Lynden’s, along with a host of other North East boxing prospects, is set to take part in Summer Rumble 5 at the Stadium of Light.

The show takes place on Sunday, July 5, with tickets priced £35-£70. Tickets can be bought from Lynden Watt on 07531 386 500 or Phil Jeffries on 07747 611 020.