Flynn fight in doubt due to injury

Charlie Flynn signs a pair of gloves for Kim Martin of oral health education at NHS Lanarkshire as he opened the Dalziel High health fayre.
Charlie Flynn signs a pair of gloves for Kim Martin of oral health education at NHS Lanarkshire as he opened the Dalziel High health fayre.

Newarthill boxer Charlie Flynn’s second professional fight due to take place on Friday night is in doubt due to a back injury.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Flynn, who has suffered from back problems in the past, was due to compete at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow, but has been suffering from sciatica for the last month.

Although still in training for the fight, he may be forced to make an 11th hour decision to pull out rather than risk further injury and miss out on appearing on a card in Newcastle next month which is due to be televised on Sky.

Flynn said: “I’m just going to see how things go this week in training, I need to get my weight down, but if I can’t do it properly then I’ll have to leave it.

“It’s annoying, there is nothing more frustrating than an injury because you can’t do anything about it, it just takes a while to get better.

“But if this one doesn’t go ahead then it will only be because I’m looking after my health for the next fight in five weeks which is the bigger card and better for my career in the long run.

“Although this is up in Scotland and everyone wants to see my fight if it were to put me out of the Newcastle show then there is no point.

“So we’ll see how it is and if it’s alright then we’ll go ahead, if it’s not then we’ll leave it.”

Flynn made successful professional debut at the Thistle Hotel in December against Ibrar Riyaz so has fond memories of the venue.

He said: “In the lead up to the first fight I wasn’t that nervous, I tend to be pretty laid back, so not much gets to me.

“However, to go back to the same place and just doing the same again against a different opponent would be
brilliant.”

Flynn added another gong to his growing collection last week with the Lord Provost’s Award at the Glasgow Sports Awards and posed for dozens of pictures on Monday as he opened the Dalziel High health fayre.

However, despite his growing fame says he has no problem keeping his feet on the ground.

Flynn said: “It’s good to have a foundation, you go back and see your mates and they just slag you, so you are brought back to earth.

“There is no point in putting yourself out there as being the big man, you are just out there trying to do well at sport, I am talented at boxing so if I put the hard work in then I’ll get the
results.

“However, it’s good that my achievement is still being remembered so long after the Games.

“It shows what an impact it had and was good for boxing which, instead of being seen as a sport for thugs, shows that normal people do it too.”