Dublin’s Lynn Harvey 5-1(4 KO’s) goes in search of the European minimumweight title against Spain’s Catalinia Diaz 4-2 in Madrid this Saturday. The exciting, hard-hitting Dubliner says she's left no stone unturned in her quest for European glory:
“Camp has gone great, I literally couldn’t have done any more if I had been going for a world title. We have left no stone unturned. Myself and my trainer Reg Byrne work great together, he has my best interest’s at heart always and everyone in angels boxing club treats me like royalty.”
Looking ahead to the fight with Diaz, Hunter feels that there’s pressure on both fighters going for the vacant strap:
“I think Diaz will feel the pressure more because she’s in her backyard and will have so many people there for her, but in regards to the fight itself, there’s equal pressure on us, as it’s a vacant title so so it’s up for grabs for both of us.”
Following a break from the sport, Harvey now fights for the European title in only her 7th fight, and is delighted with the progression since her return to the sport?
“Yeah I'm delighted to get a chance like this. There are pro's and definitely cons also to women’s boxing, but one of the upsides is that we can climb the ladder in a quicker jump than men if we get the right opportunity at the right time. “
Harvey feels that it’s all about grabbing opportunities when they appear and making the most of your time in the sport:
“I think it sends a message that if you keep grinding and working hard, taking what fights you can, then if it’s your time and its meant for you then an opportunity will arise, and you need to be ready to take it.
“But it doesn’t arrive for everyone so it’s important to enjoy the process and not delay your happiness until if or when the day ever comes.”
Win or lose on Saturday, Lynn Harvey’s refreshingly honest outlook has shown what hard work, dedication and a positive attitude can bring you in the sport.