JORDAN Flynn said he gained valuable experience from his professional debut as he made a winning start in Essex.

The Oxford boxer beat Daniel Alder on points over four rounds in front of a 300-strong crowd at the Brentwood Centre.

Flynn, from Cowley, was tested by his London opponent, whose unconventional style gave him a tough first fight.

The 23-year-old, a three-time amateur champion, was awarded a 39-37 points victory, winning three of the four rounds, and felt he gave a good account of himself.

“I don’t think it’s completely sunk in that I won my first pro fight,” said Flynn, who trains at Anthony Joshua’s BXR London gym in Marylebone.

“You train for ages and it is all over so quickly.

“It was a bit of a challenge. It would have been nice to get an easy win, but you learn a lot more from fights like that.

“That one fight was like having five or six – he was asking a lot of questions.

“He was strong, he was no pushover, he was there to win.”

Flynn looked to tempt the unorthodox Alder in at every opportunity and easily took the first round, landing a couple of fine shots with his left.

The debutant looked to get his jab going after settling into the fight and took a more patient approach.

Alder had missed wildly in the opening round, but he caught Flynn with a right hook which left his opponent on the canvas.

It was not deemed an official knockdown by the referee, though, and the Oxfordshire fighter then had to resist a barrage of body shots.

The Cowley boxer responded by catching his opponent with a fine right hand of his own towards the end of the round.

Flynn kept his shape well in the third and used his jab successfully, while he landed another nice right hand to the body of Alder as he finished the round strongly.

The former England boxer was measuring his shots well and landed another blow in the fourth.

Flynn looked to invite Alder on to him in the latter stages and edged a tight round to secure a memorable triumph.

He said: “I felt that I still won comfortably and I was in control.

“I caught him a few times in the first round and I got a bit excited.

“But I realised I had to take my time and pick my shots. I could not go looking for it as that’s where you can make mistakes.

“Next time, I will take my time more.

“There were hundreds of people in the crowd and you want to impress.

“The whole thing was new to me, but you have to blank it out – it was a good experience.”