Lynn Harvey: ‘I never thought of giving Boxing up but confidence was low’
As Lynn Harvey descended the ring last November at the Red Cow Moran Hotel she felt exhilarated after scoring a first round KO in her professional debut.
In the dressing room afterwards she told me, “There’s so much more I can do but there’s plenty of time.”
But nobody envisioned it being 12 months before the 35-year-old could show us.
On November 5th Harvey will step up in class and fight Mary Romero in the National Stadium on Red Corner Promotions’ event.
“Those first few months of 2016 were hard for me,” Harvey told Fightstore Media. “I was still quite sensitive then because I was after having an amazing debut, the ball was rolling and then it just stopped, and I wasn’t even getting a glimmer of something else happening.
“It knocked me, I was like ‘really, is this going to stop now?’ I was feeling rejected. I was being put forward for shows but I wasn’t being picked and I was like ‘I’ve proved I can fight and sell tickets’.
She continued: “‘What do I need to do? Is it because I’m a woman? Am I crap?’ I was asking myself all these questions; I think up until April or May I was finding it hard.”
Harvey said: “About halfway through the year a weight just lifted off me and I started to relax and to think, ‘it’s going to happen for me, I can see it clearly, I feel it, I know it, just have faith in it.’
“Something in my gut just said to me from September on somethings going to change; and actually a friend of mine who is very spiritual rang me one day and said he had a dream and that things are going to start changing for me in a month or two, and it was a month or two before September.
“It cements my own faith in myself that what I’m saying to myself is true. If I go through another lull period where there isn’t much happening I will listen to my gut and relax and believe that it will happen.”
Harvey explained the motivation behind continuing to train despite no fights appearing on the horizon.
“It’s hard because some boxers only train for fights but I still have my L plates on. So I’m still learning basics. I was only amateur three years, took the year out and I’m only pro a year. So I can’t afford to just feck off and train just for a fight.
“One, the motivation was keep training because I’m still learning, and two, if I fall away I might not be able to reignite it.
“As I get older I listen less to what my brain is telling me and more to what I feel. It feels natural and right, so that’s what kept me going. That and that I’m still learning so I need to be in the gym and sure enough I kept chugging away and now things are happening,” Harvey stated.
The chatty boxer also noted that Celtic Warrior teammates such as Jono Carroll, Stephen Ormond and Luke Keeler, who she described as her “brothers”, all offered encouragement at various stages of the year.
A vociferous following from Kilbarrack residents back Harvey’s boxing endeavours.
“It’s amazing,” she commented. “When I was growing up I kept to myself a lot. I wasn’t someone who knows everybody or talks to everybody. I wasn’t a member of Kilbarrack community if you know what I mean. I’ve always been a little bit of a loner and I just think that since I started boxing and being more sociable, I’ve really felt much more of a connection with Kilbrarrack and I’ve really seen that they have my back.
”With my debut there was loads of Kilbarrack there but I can tell you now there’s even more, way more, coming this time. Everyone in my community seems to be so proud of me.”
ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR
Does Harvey ever reminisce about what she has achieved in a short period of time?
“I haven’t really realised it myself. But the last few weeks it kind of dawned on me. I don’t know if there is anyone else who took up boxing and won the novices first year and had the seniors within three years. Maybe there is, I don’t know, but either way I know it’s a huge thing, especially at a late age, because teenagers are a lot easier to teach than a woman of 30. I think if I was looking at someone else who did it I would think it’s a little bit more extraordinary but I would be humble and be like ‘ah it’s grand or whatever,’” laughed Harvey.
Harvey emphasized that this bout with Mary Romero is a significant challenge and she believes she warrants acknowledgment for taking the fight in only her second pro contest.
“I want to mention as well for men’s fights they get 8-10 fights where it’s you know, first round KO, easy fights. It needs to be mentioned that this isn’t one of those; this is a tough girl who is boxing an awful lot longer than I am. I hope I get the respect I deserve. When I stopped her [Ivana Yaneva, last year’s fight] in under a minute, a couple of people said ‘oh well she was crap anyway’ and I’m like ‘you don’t say that to the fellas.’ Now I didn’t have a lot of it but there were a couple of people saying it, the fact I had one, I wouldn’t call it an easy fight because I wouldn’t disrespect my opponent, but it was a handy win, and I had one of those and only one.
“This isn’t one of those but I will win it. I want it recognised that I am taking a step up and get the respect for taking this on my second fight when I haven’t seen any blokes who would take a step up like this in their second.”
RED CORNER PROMOTIONS
For anyone thinking of attending the show at the National Stadium, Harvey had this message.
“I really would appreciate the more support the better. The more support the more chance I have of getting on more shows.”
Harvey concluded by thanking Red Corner Promotions for granting her the opportunity to perform on November 5th.