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Boxing: Barry is man on a mission.

Byline: By GAVIN BERRY

BARRY MORRISON has the chance to restore his boxing pride after getting a crack at regaining the British title he lost last year.

But the 28-year-old insists he won't be satisfied until he steps into the ring again with the man who took the Lonsdale belt off him in the first place.

The Motherwell scrapper lost to Englishman Colin Lynes last year in what was his first defence of the light-welterweight British crown he won against Lenny Dawes.

Now he is bidding to win it back when he meets David Barnes in Liverpool on Friday night.

But Morrison won't rest easy until he has had a rematch with Lynes who relinquished the title before Manchester boxer Barnes won it in a bout for the vacant belt.

Barry, who lost his title in front of his home crowd at Motherwell's Civic Centre, said: "I'd like to fight Lynes again. The man gave up the belt. He didn't lose it in the ring so I still see him as British champ.

"I know people will look at my last fight with him and think that is a daft thing but I want to put it to bed.

"I want to show everyone that wasn't the real me the night I lost.

"Taking nothing away from Lynes, maybe he could have beaten me even if I had turned up, but that wasn't me. I felt terrible. I was gutted. To put all that effort in with training and diet - it was sickening."

Morrison has bounced back since that defeat with two wins that have led to him being given a shot at Barnes for the bout to be screened on Sky Sports.

The Englishman is a two-time British champion with his one loss coming in June 2005 when he was contesting the Commonwealth championship Morrison isn't too worried about fighting away from his home patch.

And admitted it can actually help with preparations.

He said: "I like boxing away.

When you're at home you have to chase people for tickets and have the added pressure of not wanting to let them down.

"When I won the title it was down in London.

"And this week there will bea a bus-load of my fan coming from Motherwell so there will be plenty of support for me."

Morrison's short term aim is to get the coveted British belt back round his waist.

However, looking further into the future he wants to be able to hang up his gloves in around five years' time.

He said: "I'm 28 so in five years I'd hopefully be finished and have a Commonwealth or a European title sitting on the mantle piece alongside my Lonsdale belt.

"I'd happily retire if I could achieve that."

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Title focus: Motherwell's Barry Morrison is determined to battle back and regain the British light-welterweight crown he lost last year; Battle Lynes drawn: Morrison insists he never showed up when he lost his title to Colin Lynes and now wants a re-match
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 29, 2008
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