Watt turns to Binns for boost

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LYNDEN Watt hopes his transfer to new coach David Binns will bring “the very best out of him.”

The Newbottle super-middleweight has joined the Peterlee-based trainer of Sunderland stars Glenn Foot and Jonson McClumpha.

It’s a good challenge for me because the lad has definitely got the tools and it is question of getting the best out of him.

David Binns

Watt, a former kickboxer, had turned pro with Darlington coach Paul Hamilton but after three bouts – two wins and a defeat – he has switched camps.

Binns told the Echo that he believes the 23-year-old has the “tools” to be a success.

“Lynden has raw talent but he’s come into professional boxing from a successful career in kick-boxing and never fought in the amateurs,” he said.

“It’s a good challenge for me because the lad has definitely got the tools and it is question of getting the best out of him.

“We could have boxed him on Phil Jeffries’ show at the Rainton Meadows Arena (on March 8), but I wanted time to work on him and the plan now is to box at the Stadium of Light this summer.

“Once he comes through that, we’ll look to have him fighting regularly and hopefully going from strength to strength. Lynden’s a good lad who is desperate to learn and being in a gym which has boxers like McClumpha and Foot in it, will be a benefit in itself.”

Watt, who now lives in Castle Eden, is anxious to press on with his boxing career but says he is happy to follow Binns’ instructions to the letter. “Davey’s forgotten more about boxing than most people will ever know,” he said.

“And I am so glad to have him training me, his experience and his coaching is fantastic and I’ve learned loads already.

“I’ve had three professional fights so far and won the first two but when I lost my third to a lad I shouldn’t have lost to, I knew I needed help and Davey is supplying it. He’s got a great bunch of lads working together in the gym at East Durham College in Peterlee and I’m very excited at the way it’s going.”