The story so far
Terry ‘Turbo’ Flanagan defends his WBO World Lightweight Title against ‘Dirty’ Derry Mathews, this Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool live on BoxNation.
It’s Flanagan’s second defence after demolishing mandatory challenger Diego Magdaleno back in October to retain his World Title with one of the best performances from a British boxer in 2015.
Victory for Flanagan that night propelled him into the elite tier within the 135lb division.
Experienced Mathews makes his landmark, 50th pro fight in front of his own fans. Could it be fate?
After previously holding the WBA interim World Title, Mathews vacated to get his shot at the full version. It could be now or never for the 32 year old, who has more than double the rounds Flanagan has banked during his 13 year professional career.
An injury to Flanagan postponed the event by a month, and tensions were clearly rising when the two met at a recent press conference.
Verbals were exchanged, the respect shelved for the remainder of the fight preparation as both men flicked the switch into fight mode.
The pair have previous, both in sparring and in the ring.
Flanagan dropped Mathews during their three round war in the PrizeFighter series back in October 2012 on the way to winning on points. ‘Turbo’ went on to win the tournament with a win over Gary Sykes in the final.
Who next for the winner?
Huge unification fights await the winner against the likes of WBA 'Regular' World Champion Anthony Crolla, who of course Derry Mathews has a stoppage victory over when the two met for the British Lightweight crown nearly four years ago.
Should Crolla get past the dangerous Ismael Barroso, a fight against either Flanagan or a trilogy with Mathews would be huge for the North West.
It’s a big show topped with some of the best international and domestic talent around.
Representing the international side of the card, former World Champion Zolani Tete returns to the U.K to begin his assault on another World Title and unbeaten Vijender Singh looks to keep his stoppage streak going ahead of a possible homecoming later this year.
Another former World Champion Paul Butler is in action as he closes in on another shot at World Honours and rising Middleweight star Tommy Langford looks to climb more rankings.
Local lads Steven Lewis, Ryan Farrag and Kevin Satchell fight in front of their home fans whilst unbeaten prospects Zelfa Barrett, Macaulay McGowan and Leon Woodstock look to preserve their 0’’s… Plus more all set to feature!
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