The growing reputation of Mohill native Stephen Flynn was further enchanced last week with a win over top Canadain fighter Dan Hockaday in Sarnia, Ontario.
Stephen began his boxing career a few years ago with the Drumsna club but switched to the more established Cavan club this season due to work committments as a Developement Officer with the Cavan Sports Partnership. The experience of a more structured and organised developement plan working alongside top pro Andrew Murray, double Olympian John Joe Nevin and the new star of female boxing Ceire Smith plus numerous Provincial and National champions has saw the Leitrim make his mark at home ans abroad. Already this season, he has won 10 from 12 contests, picked up an Ulster Novice Intermediate crown, a silver medal at the Angram Centrum Multi Nations in Sweden as well as adding a few more noteable results on an impressive boxing CV.
Last week saw Stephen in action on the other side of the Atlantic where a Cavan club team were invited to tackle the Ontario State team in the prestigious Bluewater Hospital Foundation Corporate event. The Cavan club pushed the top Canadains to a 5/4 result in the team match. Indeed three of their five defeats came by the majority decisions and the Cavan select were short no less than five of their top juniors due participation in the Irish U-18 championships. Flynn squared off against Hochaday at middleweight and this pair of promising prospects did their careers no harm in a real war of attrition that had the crowd on their feet at the end of the contest.
The opening session was fought in the centre of the ring and was no place for the faint hearted as both refused to concede an inch. Stephen edged the second, finishing strongly and it was becoming more evident that his body shots were causing Hochaday some discomfort and taking a toll on his resistance. The Cavan fighter weathered the Canadains early burst in the final session and in a strong finish he sealed victory when his opponent was forced to take an eight count from a vicious left hook to the body. The Cavan club have a busy schedule planned for the new season and with the Mohill natives form continueing to improve and a bit more International competition, places on the winners rostrum and participation at the National Elite championships it should be an axciting 12 months for one of Leitrim’s Premier fighters.
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