Newarthill’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Charlie Flynn is ready to make his professional boxing debut next month.
Flynn has signed on with manager Alex Morrison and promoter Eddie Hearn after giving up on any realistic hopes of fighting in the Olympics in Rio.
He said: “I have beaten three members of the GB squad, but even if I was to get a place in it now I wouldn’t move up the ranks sufficiently to win a place in the Olympic qualifiers.
“Therefore it was time to turn pro and I am delighted to have signed with Eddie Hearn, who is the biggest promoter in the country, and Alex Morrison, whose stable has been very successful.”
Flynn’s patter as much as his boxing skills thrust him into the limelight after Glasgow 2014, but he says it was time to concentrate on getting back in the gym.
He said: “It was a bit nuts for a while, I was here, there and everywhere being interviewed and making appearances.
“But, for the last month I have just shut myself away and got back to work at the Glasgow Phoenix gym with Peter Harrison.
“It is a little easier going from amateur to pro now as I haven’t been fighting with a head guard so I know how to protect myself, but at the same time I know there is a lot of hard work to be done.
“However, I couldn’t be in better hands with Eddie, Alex and Peter behind me and I can’t wait to get back in the ring and start my professional career next month.”
Flynn’s first professional contest will be at the Thistle Hotel on Sunday, December 14, with his opponent still to be announced.