Mohill’s Stephen Flynn found the step up to Elite class a bit too much as he was eliminated at the semi final stage of the Ulster senior championships in Derry city.
The former Drumsna boxer now located in Cavan town was unfortunate to draw the local favorite Conor Coyle and last year’s Irish elite championship finalist in his opening contest and was pulled out by his corner at the end of round two.
Coyle went on to not only take the Ulster Elite title but to also pick up the best boxer of the championships with the Bap Morrison trophy a very highly regarded trophy in Ulster.
Speaking with the Leitrim Observer veteran coach Brian McKeown expressed his decision to withdraw Flynn, very much against his wishes coming up to the final round - “We had reservations about entering Stephen at particularly as both Coyle and Delaney were coming down from 81 kilo and he was going up from 69/71 kilo.
“In the end it was the deciding factor as Coyle was just too big, too strong and too experienced Stephen took a few heavy shots and it was going to continue throughout the third and he probably would have been halted anyway so I made the call.”
Back to the drawing board and a touch of reality for Stephen but we have a good programme lined out for him at Intermediate level with trips to Canada and the U.S. over the summer and another international bout in Cavan during The Gathering festival weekend in August. It has been a good season to date for the Mohill lad given he was a late starter to boxing, holds down a job with Cavan Sports partnership and has picked up Gold medals at his own level in Sweden and Canada without funding and full time training ,it can only get better.