1.     Although Ormond makes a second defence of his WBO European lightweight title, the real prize for the victor is a guaranteed crack at the WBO title, presently held by Omaha's Terence Crawford.

Terence Crawford

However, the tough Yank is strongly rumoured to be abdicating and moving up to light-welter, leaving Ormond (presently ranked fifth) or Flanagan (rated ninth) to face off with Texan former two-weight world titlist Juan 'Baby Bull' Diaz for the vacant belt.

2.     Ormond and Flanagan are just two of six British or Irish lightweights presently world ranked by the four major sanctioning organisations. The others are Kevin Mitchell, Derry Mathews, Anthony Crolla and Tommy Coyle.

Derry Mathews

With Mitchell and Mathews already guaranteed shots at the WBC and WBA titles respectively, tonight's victor could profit from a lucrative domestic unification clash, down the line.

3.    The bookmakers list Manchester's Flanagan, unbeaten in 26, as favourite with best odds of 15-8 on.

Terry Flanagan

Ormond (one defeat in 18), is priced at 2-1, with the draw 22-1.

4.     Those championing the cause of Flanagan will cite that he is younger, naturally bigger, a southpaw, more versatile and blessed with superior technical skills and mobility.

Ormond's benefactors will be counting upon his strength, fitness, work rate, durability and astute boxing brain to carry him home. Doubtless, it will come down to who is able to impose their assets and game plan best, on the night.


5.    Statistically, Ormond has the superior stoppage stats having halted eight of his 18 opponents (44%), against the 10 quick wins in 26 starts (38%) on Flanagan's card.

Nevertheless, Flanagan, who after turning pro at 19 forced just four early endings in his first 18, is generally perceived as the heavier puncher; having sent six of his last eight victims for an early shower.

6.    Both commenced their pro careers - and fought for titles - in lighter weight categories. However, at 5ft 9.5in tall, broad shouldered Flanagan is naturally bigger; enjoying a three inch sway in height, plus a sizeable reach advantage.

But Ormond has overcome physical discrepancies before - most notably against Derry Mathews in 2013 - and he might be more comfortable at the weight. What toll will slimming down to 135lb take on Flanagan if, as expected, the pace is frenetic and the fight goes late?

7.    Ormond is a product of the fast rising 'Celtic Warriors' gym in Dublin, run by the vastly experienced Collins brothers, Paschal and (ex-two weight world champion) Steve; home to talents such as Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan and Frank Buglioni.


Conversely, Flanagan receives more individual attention as the sole ward of well-regarded youngster Steve Maylett and old hand Bobby Rimmer, at The Finest Boxing Gym in Manchester.

8.    Despite turning pro three months before 'The Turbo', Ormond has had eight fewer fights and boxed 20 fewer pro rounds.

However, the Dubliner compensates with a far more extensive amateur CV; close to 250 bouts, five All-Ireland titles and a string of multi-nations medals. Though Flanagan scalped future IBF Bantam king Paul Butler, he seldom advanced above club level in a 60 fight unpaid career.

Ormond v Flanagan

9.    While Flanagan enjoys the advantage of fighting in his home country, Wolverhampton is not Manchester and Ormond shouldn't be unduly inconvenienced.

Besides, 'The Rock' fought all over the globe on international duty as an amateur and was based over in New York for much of his ring apprenticeship. As a pro he has had the luxury of featuring in the Emerald Isle in just five of his 18 starts.

10.     Neither fighter has yet completed the full 12 round world championship trip, though Flanagan's British title win over Martin Gethin was scheduled for a dozen (he won on a seventh round retirement).

Tonight's spat is made over ten rounds, a course Ormond has successfully navigated four times; Flanagan just twice.