Charlie Flynn is thrilled with title shot on Ricky Burns undercard

By Michael Temlett

MAILMAN Flynn spoke exclusively to the Wishaw Press about the next chapter in his career.

CHARLIE FLYNN admits he can’t wait to write the next chapter in his career as he fights for the WBA Intercontinental Title.

Last weekend saw the announcement that the Newarthill boxer would make his ring return on October 7 at the SSE Hydro – where he picked up his last win.

However, it was a bittersweet outing for the Mailman last time around as an injury to his hand halted his chances of a televised bout on the Ricky Burns undercard.

But that is where Flynn finds himself once again but this time he knows the stakes are higher when he takes on Kofi Yates in a 10-round bout.

Flynn said: “It feels great to be back and this is a fight I’m really looking forward to.

“This boy is no mug but whenever I fight good opponents I always look better and perform well. When I’m against awkward opponents I can struggle and that was a part of the problem last time.

“I had a wee set-back with my hand in the run-up to the fight and I wasn’t able to punch properly.

“I still managed to get the win but now the pain has gone. I’ve had the chance to relax a little bit but now that it’s all geared towards October.

“It’s huge that I get to fight for a title at the Hydro so early in my career but it’s time to kick on and start moving up the rankings.

“It was disappointing not to be on TV last time but, after the preparation I had for the fight, it was probably for the best.

“This time I will be on TV and it will be a 10-rounder so it will be good to show everyone what I can do.”
Charlie Flynn against Abdon Cesar at the Hydro

Flynn rose to prominence in the very arena he will perform in on October 7 with a gold medal win at the Commonwealth Games. Since making the switch to the professional scene, Flynn has been almost flawless – winning eight out of eight bouts in the process.

Now the 22-year-old is keen to move his record to 9-0 with a win over Yates.

To help aid the process, Flynn is set to travel down south to Ricky Burns’ training camp in London.

Flynn is delighted at the opportunity to go and train with the history-making Scottish champion who will headline the bill on October 7.

Flynn said: “I’m looking forward to going down and training at Ricky’s camp and I can test it out.

“It’s all about getting as sharp as I can in the run-up to this fight because I’ll need to be on top of my game.

“I’ve watched a few of his (Yates’) fights and he’s lost twice but one was early on in his career and his last one was a controversial decision. He likes to move a lot and keep you on your toes but we’ll have a game plan and I just need to be ready to capitalise.”

He added: “This opportunity means a lot and it’s still early on in my career but I want to keep improving and that’s happened with every fight.”

Burns will headline the card on Friday, October, 7 against mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh for the WBA World Super-Lightweight title. Other fights on the card include Flynn’s Commonwealth Games teammate Joe Ham and heavyweight star Dillian Whyte.

However, it is the Flynn fight which has grabbed the attention of Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn , who tweeted: “First big test and title fight for @ChuckFlynn93 v @kofiyates on the #burnsrelikh card – will be a humdinger!”

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