Eddie Hearn has big plans for Charlie Flynn’s future

MATCHROOM promoter insists he wanted Flynn on TV during Saturday’s show.

MATCHROOM promoter Eddie Hearn insists he still has big plans for Charlie Flynn despite his bout not being shown live on Sky Sports.

Flynn was down as a ‘live TV float’ meaning his bout would be broadcast had another fight on the card ended abruptly.

However, the 22-year-old was made to wait until after the Ricky Burns fight to get into the ring, a move which incensed some viewers.

Whilst Flynn was initially scheduled to fight for the Celtic title, a virus wiped out the Newarthill fighter meaning he had to postpone the bout.

Saturday’s fight against Abdon Cesar was cut from ten rounds to six before being put on after the Burns fight as a four rounder.

Hearn insisted the move was dictated by other circumstances and hopes to have Flynn fighting again in two months time.

He said: “People don’t know what has been happening behind the scenes . He had a virus 10 days ago.

“He was supposed to be fighting a championship fight but he needed a couple of days off training and wouldn’t have made the weight safely so we reduced it to a six-rounder.

“I wanted him to be on TV so I put him in as a TV float. But you need a couple of the other fights to be shorter.

“The Jamie Dickinson fight went the distance, the Willie Limond fight went nine or 10 rounds and Conor Benn went the distance.”

Hearn stayed back to watch Flynn and was happy to see the 22-year-old in action, he added: “I’m just glad he was able to fight as there was a time, about a week ago, when it didn’t look like he would.

“Charlie’s a good fighter. He will grow with us. I will look to get him out again in September.”

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