ON FEBRUARY 14, WBO number 5 ranked Stephen Ormond will be defending his WBO European Lightweight Championship against Manchester's tough Terry Flanagan. Both fighters have strong records and a heartfelt desire to win a world title.
The BoxNation-aired fight will also be an eliminator for the WBO World Lightweight Championship. So whoever wins, a domestic BoxNation boxer will be fighting on the world stage in 2015!
It may be a Valentine's Day bout, but there will be no love lost between these lightweight fighters, only the chance to compete for a world championship.
WBO number 9 ranked Flanagan has one of the United Kingdom's most impressive boxing records at 26(10)-0 and he has never fought professionally outside of Great Britain - only leaving the North of England once in his pro career. February 14 holds the chance for Lancashire to unveil one of its best kept secrets to the global stage, with a world title shot on the cards.
Since he was a boy, Flanagan dreamt of winning a British boxing title. This all changed last year when the Mancunian machine forced Martin Gethin to retire from a swollen ear in the 7th round of their battle for the vacant British Lightweight belt.
Flanagan has put in many years of training and beat tough domestic opponents such as Gary Sykes and Derry Mathews. Now the southpaw terror could get a dream shot at a world title.
But The Rock from Dublin has his own ideas. With a 17(8)-1 record, Stephen Ormond may have been through fewer pro fights than Flanagan, but he has pushed himself further in his career with ambitious bouts. Despite losing his zero in 2012, he has distinguished himself by winning four WBO European Lightweight Championship fights in a row. Now he believes it is his time to step up to the worldwide stage.
In 2012 Ormond lost a contest for the vacant Celtic title against Scottish Paul Appleby on points. The result was controversial, with Ormond and some pundits seeing it as a win for the Irishman. The show was BoxNation's first ever fight night and an absolute war. What's more, The Rock is yet to be defeated again, proving that one narrow defeat is not enough to stop a talented boxer.
Turbo Terry is 25-years-old and unbeaten. Arguably he will be feeling the pressure to hold onto his zero in this fight. Will this have an impact on his performance?
Stephen Ormond is in the ring to join Andy Lee in glory by taking a world title back to Ireland. Meanwhile, Terry Flanagan is looking to exceed his childhood ambitions and join the likes of Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders and Paul Butler in representing Britain on the world stage.
Subscribe to BoxNation to watch the fight LIVE and EXCLUSIVE to the UK and Republic of Ireland. The unbeaten Tommy Langford will also feature against Sheffield southpaw Wayne Reed as the chief undercard.