JORDAN Flynn dedicated the latest win of his promising career to inspirational former coach Mel Corrigan.

The Cowley boxer stopped Romanian opponent Constantin Radoi in the third round in Bracknell to take his professional record to 5-0.

It was Flynn’s first fight since Berinsfield Amateur Boxing Club head coach Corrigan died in March, which prompted a flood of tributes.

The 26-year-old’s journey began at the south Oxfordshire gym and he paid his respects to one of his mentors following another victory.

Flynn said: “He started me off in my boxing career.

“I won my first national title for him.

“He always wanted the best for me and at the heart of it was my success.

“My way of repaying him is by being successful.

“He was a great man and did it all for the love of the sport.”

Flynn claimed the only TKO of the night, but it was not easy against an opponent who gave it everything.

The Oxford fighter needed three stitches below his left eye as a result of one blow in a bout where he was forced to be patient.

Flynn said: “He was tough and kept flying in with his head, but I took my time and broke him down.

“In the third round I started catching him quite clean.

“I’ve learned from doing six rounds that more rounds suit me.

“Kevin (Mitchell, trainer) said before that no-one trains as hard as us.

“It means I can walk into the ring with so much confidence.”

The lightweight did not enter the ring until 10.30pm, much later than expected – but it was worth the wait.

“The atmosphere was mad,” he said.

“It was tough waiting there, but I had to stay focused on the job.

“They kept saying I was the only exciting fighter of the night.”

Flynn is aiming to compete again at the beginning of July.

Michael Lobby earned praise from a former world champion after his bareknuckle boxing debut ended in defeat.

Robin Reid, the ex-WBC super-middleweight champion, was ringside at the O2 Arena where Lobby faced Ellis Lacy in front of a sell-out crowd of 3,000 and millions more watching on television around the world.

Lobby was outpointed over three rounds, but the Berinsfield fighter showed a lot of spirit,

He was cut around his left eyebrow in round one and took a count in the second before finishing strongly.

The third round was his best, drawing praise from Reid.

He said: “He’s a tough lad, a real fighter. He didn’t get disheartened.”