Flutes Goes With The Flow

Dale Flute is planning to go with the flow on his ring return after debuting with a stoppage victory last time out.

He’s looking to impress again when BCB Promotions stage another show at the Venue, in Dudley, with a Friday fight night set for June 17.

Flute sprang into action under the same lights on March 4, eventually halting Josh Hodgins in the third of four scheduled rounds.

Hodgins touched down in the second, before coming under fire in the ropes during the third, forcing the referee’s intervention.

It was quite the result for Flute, who hadn’t engaged in a competitive bout for nearly eight years, last featuring for Priory Park Boxing Club, as an amateur.

The 26-year-old super welterweight, from Tipton, is still involved with Priory Park, in Dudley, as a coach, and is trained by one of his former amateur mentors, Richie Ghent.

Flute said: “Richie taught me how to box, when I was 15 but, believe it or not, that was the first time he’s ever taken me out to fight.

“For one reason or another, it never happened and I always had Paul (Gough), Warren (Davies) or Steve (Hawthorn) in my corner.

“Everything Richie told me, on my debut, was spot on, so it was just a case of shutting my mouth, listening and putting that into practice.

“I had some mixed emotions. At first, it felt a bit weird, having been out of the ring for so long, but then the bell went and it was all normal again.

“That’s the first stoppage I’ve ever had, amateur or pro, so to top the win off with that was a great feeling. He was a tough opponent and it was a competitive contest.

“It was a bit of a flash knockdown, the first one, I caught him with a right hook and he went straight over, but he got up quickly and looked solid.

“For the second knockdown, I got him with another right hand and stepped aside, he went to follow me and his legs went. I knew the stoppage was there to be had and I jumped on him.

“I didn’t really know how to react, but I was buzzing. I’d put a lot into a tough training camp and the result made it all worthwhile.

“I just want to stick to my boxing and keep learning now. If another stoppage comes along, fair enough, but it’s about getting experience.

“I’m not expecting anything. I think that when you go looking for knockouts, they don’t happen and you tend to get hurt yourself. I can’t let that happen.

“There are a few things that I’ve been working on, in the gym, and tightening up a few areas of my game. Hopefully, that will show on the night.”

Tickets for the Venue bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.

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