Jordan Flynn continues his quest to be Britain’s first Sikh boxing world champion tonight in an 8-round headline contest on a Neilson show.
The build-up to Jordan Flynn‘s last fight was chronicled on BBC’s ‘Sunday Morning Live’. He spoke about his faith and revealed he is on a mission to make his family proud through the representation of his Sikh identity in his boxing career, ‘It’s important for me to make my Grandma proud and show her that your grandson is Sikh and he can become world champion.’ Flynn would go on to win the contest 60-55 on points against Jahfieus Faure.
Tonight is a homecoming for Flynn as he fights in his hometown of Oxford. It’s an innovative show from Neilson Boxing combining professional and amateur boxing and Flynn’s top billing will hopefully be the start of many, having shifted a lot of tickets, it’s plain to see that he can bring not only a local audience but also act as a pillar of the community for fellow young Sikhs across the country.
Jordan Flynn was conscious of this influence, telling ‘Sunday Morning Live’ that a world title win would be a landmark moment for the British Sikhs because ‘there are not many Sikh boxers and if they see me do that, then it would be massive for all of us’.
Flynn takes on Rustem Fatkhullin in his quest to go 7-0. He will look to once more show off his skills in a development fight so that he can look good in front of his fervent fans and prove that he is on the rise to the top. He does so while also acting as a role model for a religion under-represented not only in boxing but also in sports in general in the UK. And in the hope that as he builds towards future sporting accolades, he can also lay the groundwork for more Sikhs to lace up the gloves.
By Harry Duffy