Charlie is aiming to be a television star

Charlie Flynn met boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard for a TV programme earlier this month, now he's ready to get back in front of the cameras.
Charlie Flynn met boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard for a TV programme earlier this month, now he's ready to get back in front of the cameras.

Newarthill boxer Charlie Flynn says injury will not prevent him making his televised debut as a professional on Saturday.

Flynn will feature in front of the Sky Sports cameras as he faces Andy Harris in Newcastle on the undercard of Olympic Gold medallist Anthony Joshua’s fight.

Having made a successful debut in December, a bout of sciatica forced him to pull out of a fight in Glasgow earlier this month, but he says there was no chance of that happening this time.

Flynn said: “If it was a smaller fight then perhaps I would have considered calling off, but this is such a big opportunity that just wasn’t going to happen.

“I hurt my back and tore my groin a few weeks ago and they are not 100 per cent, but thanks to the support of Dalziel Golf Club and Finlay Menzies at the movement studio I am ready to face Andy Harris in Newcastle.

“There will be no excuses, I have been able to spar fine, the injuries have just meant that rather than having a five week camp it’s been for three weeks.

“I was used to the TV cameras at the Commonwealth Games, but this is my first time in front of them as a professional and there are a certain amount of nerves because you only get one chance to make a first impression.

“I’m aiming to put on a big performance as this will be the first time Eddie Hearn will have seen me properly and I need to put on a good showing.

“I know most people will be tuning in to see Anthony Joshua and he is the main event, but hopefully when they turn off it’s me they remember.”