Andy Flint returns to the ring - five years after death of friend

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Andy Flint is back in boxing five years after leaving the ring following the death of one of his friends.

Flint’s recently opened up the Booyar Boxing Club in Eastwood and relaunches his own ring career in Nottingham next month.

The 32-year-old light-heavyweight will look to extend his winning record at Oceana nightclub in the city on Sunday, February 21.

Flint is joined on the bill by five of the fighters he trains at the South Street gym - Adam Downie, Jack Mantell, Leon Webster, Azza Green and Jeff Bailey.

They are all making their debuts next month, while Flint looks to make it six wins out of six.

He said: “I lost interest in everything for a while after I lost my friend. I needed some time off, but my mind is clear again now and I want to see how far I can go.

“(Promoter) John (Ashton) is planning regular shows in Nottingham, so I’m looking to keep fighting and see where it takes me.”

The vacant EBF Midlands Area title is up for grabs at Oceana when Belper rivals Gary Beardsley and Shane Sloman collide - and Flint could well to go to challenge the winner, after he’s shed some ring rust.

Flint said: “They call me ‘Too Fast’ Flint because I’m a sharp boxer, but I like to get stuck in as well. I like to have a fight - but I like to look good when I’m having a fight.”

Lee Froch, elder brother of ring legend Carl, tops the bill at Oceana next month and tickets are available from 07583 129927.