Boxers confident of Games places

Charlie Flynn (second left) looks to have earned his place at the Commonwealth Games under the guidance at Glasgow Phoenix of (l-r) Scottish champion Craig Kelly, head coach Peter Harrison, former World champion Scott Harrison and Commonwealth champion Willie Limond.
Charlie Flynn (second left) looks to have earned his place at the Commonwealth Games under the guidance at Glasgow Phoenix of (l-r) Scottish champion Craig Kelly, head coach Peter Harrison, former World champion Scott Harrison and Commonwealth champion Willie Limond.
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Newarthill fighter Charlie Flynn is convinced he will be in the Scottish Commonwealth Games team when the boxing squad is announced next week.

Flynn, who boxes out of Glasgow Phoenix, beat Coatbridge’s Mark McKeown in the lightweight final at the Boxing Scotland National Championship in the Emirates Arena on Friday night.

McKeown, who represents Keir Hardie ABC in Newarthill, was seen as the only man who could deny Flynn a place at Glasgow 2014.

Flynn said: “I get told officially on Friday if I am in the team, but I am 100 per cent convinced I will be.

“I have beaten everyone there is to beat, Mark was perhaps the only other guy who had a chance of being picked and I won pretty comfortably.

“He caught me cold at the start of the first round, but after that I dominated by keeping him at range and using the angles, I don’t think he even touched me in the third round.

“I have such a great team around me and I am in with the pros like Scott Harrison, Willie Limond and Craig Kelly learning all the tricks. It was great to fight in front of a big crowd on Saturday, and it makes me a better fighter, so I can’t wait to fight in front of 10,000 at the Commonwealth Games.

“This is so different from representing Scotland at a World or European Championship and will be one of the highlights of my career, and indeed my life.

“I want to thank my employer Royal Mail for giving my the time to train and sponsor PDI Decorators for their support.”

Also awaiting next week’s announcement with interest is Forgewood ABC’s Reece McFadden who knocked off Meadowbank’s Ryan McCutcheon at the Emirates to win the flyweight title.

His coach Bert McShane said: “Reece had the best bout of the night, and that isn’t just me saying that, everyone in the hall was talking about him.

“He did everything we asked of him, his performances in the semi-final was really good, but on Friday he was just exceptional and while he probably should have been picked for the Commonwealth Games anyway, he has now just cemented his place.”

Unfortunately, Newarthill’s Paula Docherty failed in her bid to win the female light-welterweight title as she lost to Fife-based Swedish student Hanna Carlsson.