Despite giving away five inches in height against a more experienced opponent, Newarthill ace Charlie Flynn maintained the 100 per cent winning start to his professional boxing career on Friday night.
Flynn maintained the 100 per cent winning start to his professional boxing career on Friday night.
A packed crowd at Glasgow’s Thistle Hotel roared their approval as Charlie (21) earned a fifth round stoppage over Polish opponent Sylwester Walczak after successfully landing a barrage of punches in their one-sided lightweight contest.
“I hit my opponent with a couple of shots in rounds two, three and four and his legs were going,” Charlie said.
“In the fifth round I hit him with a left shot and a right hand, before his legs went and he fell onto the ropes.
“My trainer Peter Harrison kept shouting: ‘Back him up’ so I hit him with four or five right hands.
“He took so many shots that his face was grazed and he had a swollen eye and the referee stopped the fight.
“That’s five professional wins out of five for me now and this was a good one for me against someone who had only been stopped three times before in his boxing career.”
The fight marked the first contest for Charlie – lightweight gold medallist at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – over the increased fight length of six rounds.
But the former Royal Mail worker said that he was ‘as fresh as a daisy’ at the end of the fight having been helped greatly by a strenuous new training regime.
Charlie added: “That was the first fight I’d ever had which was scheduled for more than four rounds but I coped fine because I’ve been getting stronger and stronger.
“I wasn’t tired at the end of the five rounds and could have boxed for 10 or 12 rounds if required.
“My fitness levels were brilliant. They’ve been boosted greatly by doing up to 12 rounds during sparring sessions.
“I’ve been getting more and more used to fighting over the longer distances.
“My opponent on Friday never caused me many problems at all.
“He hit me with a couple of jabs and a glancing shot to the eye, but there was nothing severe to deal with.”
Charlie praised the impact of the crowd in the 1000-capacity Thistle Hotel arena for their loud vocal backing on a night which means his professional record now reads as five wins out of five.
“The crowd were really good and made a great amount of noise,” Charlie said.
“They were a great help and it’s nice that everything is going so smoothly for me in the pro ranks.”
This latest victory provided yet more justification for Charlie’s trademark slogan ‘The Mailman Delivers’, in reference to his years spent working at a sorting office in Wishaw.
The Newarthill fighter is now planning on going on a much deserved family holiday in Spain.
His next fight has been pencilled in for November.