Charlie’s the champion

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MOTHERWELL boxer Charlie Flynn has taken a major step towards realising his dream of competing for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.

He won the senior Scottish lightweight title at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. The former Newarthill ABC fighter now boxes out of Glasgow Phoenix ABC under Peter Harrison.

Flynn beat Coatbridge’s current Great Britain champion Mark McKeown 23-18, Edinburgh’s Ian Keys 22-9 and Drumchapel’s Jamie McGuire 19-8. In the final he stopped GB development boxer Robbie McKechnie, from Greenock.

His Scottish success comes after two impressive international wins for Flynn.

Firstly he travelled to Surrey in a Scotland squad to box the best of the British Army and Royal Air Force combined teams, beating experienced southpaw counter-puncher Kristian Touze.

Flynn then featured in a Scotland versus Ireland international at Ravenscraig and produced a stunning display in a 14-5 victory over Jason Conroy.

Flynn is now focusing on a series of international competitions beginning with the Belgrade Winner’s Tournament in Serbia. He said: “I’ll be fighting world class opposition and that’s where I need to be.

“I’ve cleaned up the domestic league and now have to step up and mix with the cream of world boxing.”

Mail worker Flynn thanked all who have helped him to achieve his goals so far. He said: “Royal Mail in Netherton is supporting me 100 per cent and I always get time off to prepare and travel.

“Thanks also to Amateur Boxing Scotland for training camps and competitions, my coach Peter Harrison and the staff at Ravenscraig where I train in the mornings.

“Everything is in place to make it happen in 2014.”