THE earth moved for Charlie Flynn the last time he fought at the SSE Hydro. Standing backstage as he waited to contest his gold medal match at the Commonwealth Games, the reverberations of the floorboards alone told him it was fight time. Then came the noise and let's just say the self-styled Mailman is experiencing an adrenalin rush at the very thought of returning to this atmospheric ampitheatre on the banks of the Clyde on May 28, when the venue will host its first-ever professional boxing show.

Topping the bill will be Ricky Burns' tilt at becoming the first-ever Scottish three-weight world champion against Michele di Rocco of Italy for the WBA light welterweight title, but Flynn and his Commonwealth Games contemporary Joe Ham will make an appetising hors d'ouevre. Having won all seven of his professional contests to date - only one of them by knockout - Flynn is looking for the most obstinate opponent possible, ideally a 10-round contest with a Celtic title at stake.

“I had been focusing on my fight last weekend but as soon as I heard that I was on this bill and that the show would take me back to the Hydro, I couldn’t wait," said Flynn. "When I turned up for the press conference on Monday and saw the place again, with Eddie Hearn and the TV cameras, I was buzzing. It all came flooding back to me and I got an adrenalin rush. I’m so excited about this show and there’s a chance I could have a 10-round Celtic title fight, which will make it even better.

“It is a great venue for boxing," he added. "Because it’s circular, it generates all this noise into the centre, which is where the ring is. It’s unreal. My biggest memory of winning the Commonwealth gold medal there was the noise. Before going in, we were standing on this mad plywood floor and it was shaking so much you could feel it going right up to the back of your neck. Everyone was stamping on the ground and we could feel that and, once we got out there, all we could see was this sea of heads.”

While Flynn has grown accustomed to fighting at dinner shows at the Thistle Hotel, these big shows are not anathema to him. It wasn't so long ago that he was in with the rest of the paying punters as he watched Burns scrap for world title fights, while he has also been on the undercard of a noisy Billy Joe Saunders show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

“There’s going to be a great atmosphere again come May and, knowing that I’ll be on the bill and part of the build-up is brilliant," said Flynn. "This is where I belong.

“I’ve been at a few of Ricky’s world title fights – I was there when he beat Roman Martinez at the Kelvin Hall to become champion for the first time. That was loud as well.

"I’ve been to a couple of Billy Joe Saunders’ fights down south and there’s a good atmosphere at them but Scots have a weird, mad passion for boxing – they all go mental and it’s great to see it. It gives the boxers a lift, too, obviously. I can usually shift a few tickets for dinner shows but these ones should be a lot cheaper and that will mean there will be a massive crowd."

Amateur awards are all very well, but life with the professionals is something different entirely. Flynn admits he has had to adapt, but he has sparred with Scott Harrison in the past and will do so with Burns himself as the weeks count down to this one. While his gallus demeanour is light years away from the quiet Burns, he wants to be known for what he does in the ring, not just his gift of the gab, and knows that making a statement with his fists when this fight comes around could help a lot.

“Three or four years down the line I want to be in the position Ricky is in now," said Flynn. "That’s definite, 100 per cent. I’m 22 now so, by the time I’m 25 or 26, there’s absolutely no reason why I shouldn’t be fighting for world titles in Glasgow.

“I see it [speaking to the press] as something that needs to be done," he added. "It doesn’t matter whether or not you like it; when it comes down to it, it’s part of your job. That would be like saying I don’t like skipping – it doesn’t matter because you still have to do it.

"But the more often people see me in the ring, the more they’ll realise that there is a serious side to me," he added. “This next bout gives me the platform to put on a good performance and I want a high-calibre opponent because the better he is, the better I can be.”