Saturday 23 September 2017

'If you have an itch, scratch it' - Pro boxer and First Dates Ireland star Lynn Harvey dishes dating advice

National elite champion at 48kg, Lynn Harvey. Picture: Donal Moloney
National elite champion at 48kg, Lynn Harvey. Picture: Donal Moloney
First Dates Ireland Lynn Harvey

Sasha Brady

Irish pro boxer Lynn Harvey charmed First Dates Ireland audiences with her down-to-earth personality and it turns out that her attitude to dating is as laid back as she is.

Irish flyweight boxer Lynn Harvey from Kilbarrack in Dublin was matched with bodybuilder Eamonn Baggott on Thursday night's episode of First Dates Ireland. But a spark failed to ignite between the pair.

"He was a lovely lad but he just wasn't for me," she told Independent.ie.

"I don't really go for the typically 'gorgeous' lads. I prefer people who are really laid back, someone who isn't really into the gym. I don't mind someone with a bit of weight on them either, not a slob now, but someone who doesn't take fitness too seriously.

"I date women too but I like how First Dates Ireland didn't label me on the show. I was just me. I don't fit into a particular box with my preference.

She added: "For me it's what's between the ears that matters, not what's between the legs."

First Dates Ireland Lynn Harvey
First Dates Ireland Lynn Harvey

Nicknamed The Hunter, the 35-year-old only began boxing when she was 29 and made her professional debut in November 2015.

But with her focus on her profession, Lynn admits she finds it hard to make time for dating.

"It's hard for me to find someone because I don't go out drinking. I'm in the gym a lot and I like doing my own thing. I'm not consciously looking for someone," she explained.

"I certainly don't go looking for people in the gym. The idea of someone approaching me there... I'd be like 'f**k off and leave me alone'. But in general I wouldn't be going out and desperately seeking the love of my life. I like my own company and I'm pretty content.

"If you've been single for a while though it's nice to feel attractive and get dolled up to go on a date. That's a lovely feeling. And sure why not? My motto is, if you have an itch, scratch it. If you want to go on a date, go for it."

She took up the sport after enrolling in a boxercise class in Trinity Boys Boxing Club in Donaghmede and got her first fight in a white-collar boxing show in the club in 2011.

Within three years she had one the Irish Novice, Intermediate and Senior titles and at the time of her professional debut was only the second female pro boxer in Ireland. But she insists potential partners aren't intimidated by her impressive fighting abilities.

"People don't seem to be intimidated by what I do. I think a lot of them think it's pretty cool. They would probably see it as a turn on. I think that whatever you do, if you have a passion for something, it only makes you more attractive. And for me, it's a great feeling to always have a goal to work towards with my training.

"But there's more important things in my life than dating. I have a nine-year-old son, Tyler, and I work out twice a day. My son and training for boxing are my main priorities and if something happens dating wise, it happens. But I don't mind being single. You have to be content with yourself too."

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