Boxing hero Flynn takes time over future plans

Charlie Flynn on his way to beating Joe Fitzpatrick
Charlie Flynn on his way to beating Joe Fitzpatrick

Boxing golden boy Charlie Flynn is in no rush to decide his future after his Commonwealth Games heroics in Glasgow.

The 20-year-old from Newarthill won the lightweight title after a string of impressive performances.

Speculation began over whether he would move into the professional ranks or remain an amateur and bid to get into Great Britain’s team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

During a visit to Newarthill Primary School - where he was once a pupil - Flynn admitted he has been ‘leaning towards’ turning pro, but stressed that he has yet to make up his mind.

He is glad to be back to a somewhat normal routine after a whirlwind few weeks which included media events and a triumphant parade through Glasgow with the rest of the Scottish squad.

Insisting he had no sense of anti-climax getting back to basics after the high of his gold medal win, Flynn said: “The Commonwealth Games was just the start for me, a stepping stone. I had some time off after the Games, but I’m back training and looking forward to getting the weight down and getting into shape again.

“I’m going on holiday for a couple of weeks so it might be the start of October before I look at making a decision on my future.”

Unlike boxers in the GB squad whose funding allows them to train full time, Flynn also holds down a job with Royal Mail. He admitted that at the start of the year it was all getting too much.

Flynn told the pupils: “I was struggling with training and work. I knew I had the talent but it wasn’t happening.

“I thought about giving up, but kept going and now I have a gold medal which has changed my life.”