Newarthill boxing ace Charlie Flynn coped admirably with the challenge of his first outdoor fight in Hull on Saturday night.
Flynn (21) dealt with the slippery underfoot conditions – the result of a downpour of rain – to comfortably dispose of English veteran Dan Carr by winning all four rounds in their lightweight contest.
“I had never boxed outdoors in my life before but I really enjoyed it,” Charlie said.
“It was raining so the canvas was wet.
“I slipped a few times. It was quite hard to box because I was hesitant and kept dropping back.
“But I outboxed Carr and he didn’t catch me with many shots.
“It was good experience for me because Carr was the most awkward opponent I had ever fought.
“He was banging me with his head and using his elbow.”
Charlie’s victory made it four professional wins out of four for him since turning professional in December.
“I hit Carr with a lot of shots during the fight,” Charlie added.
“In the first round I got him with some nice combinations.
“He was more aggressive in the second, third and fourth rounds but I started boxing him in the centre of the ring and picking him off.
“It was a hard fight, although boxing outdoors instead of outdoors was easier from the point of view that the conditions weren’t as clammy.
“We were out in the open air so it was easier to breathe.
“There was a nice breeze, when usually when you’re fighting indoors it is crammed with people at ringside, really hot and hard to breathe.”
Charlie is now training for his next fight, against an unnamed opponent at the Thistle Hotel on September 4.
“Since I turned pro I’ve been doing a lot more mental and physical endurance and strength work,” Charlie said.
“I’ve been working a lot on slowing the pace down, working on power and adopting the mentality that it is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Charlie, who is trained by Dalmarnock-based Peter Harrison, said that his life had changed immeasurably after winning Commonwealth Games gold last summer.
He quit his Royal Mail job at a sorting office in Wishaw – where he’d worked for four years – to go professional.
Charlie added: “It was tough to quit that job. I don’t really miss the work; I miss the socialising.
“The Commonwealth Games gave me a big boost going into the pro ranks. It made my career.
“Without it, I would still be working.”
Charlie now trains 30 to 35 hours a week, as he bids to further his boxing career in the pro ranks.
“I want to go all the way to the very top,” he added.
“I want to be a world champion by the age of 26.”
Despite leaving his Royal Mail position, Charlie said that his winning catchphrase ‘The Mailman Has Delivered’ would probably stick with him forever!