The unbeaten, WBO World Lightweight Champion successfully defended his World Title on Saturday night with a points decision victory over Derry Mathews but who could be in line to fight ‘Turbo’ next?
We look at six possible opponents for Terry Flanagan’s next night:
The WBA World Champion Crolla is friends with Flanagan but that would be put aside to find out who the best Lightweight is in the U.K and beyond. It makes sense for both fighters and would be financially rewarding with an offer of £500k sent to Crolla and his team to make the fight.
Crolla has just announced his next challenge, a mandatory defence against the dangerous Ismael Barroso. You have to give Crolla some credit for taking the fight but the fans would have rather seen the Mancunian derby next.
Could the fight happen? If Crolla can box his way to victory against Barroso the pair would be on course for a potential summer showdown.
The WBC World Champion may have withdrawn from his recent fight against Dejan Zlaticanin but the 30 year old is still widely regarded the man at the weight.
After injury to Linares, Emiliano Marsili is due to fight Zlaticanin for the vacant Title with the Venezuelan installed as ‘Champion in Recess’.
Linares would remain a big fight, especially following victory over Kevin Mitchell late last year.
It could be another big domestic World Title fight, with the unbeaten Cromer contender declaring his ambition to face Terry Flanagan in the last few days.
A fellow southpaw, the intriguing contest would produce fireworks!
Some argue Walsh is due a shot at the World Title and being ranked #9 in the WBO’s order of merit, could be in line for a shot should Flanagan seek another voluntary defence of his title.
‘Turbo’ has made it clear he is willing to fight the best in the division and Barthelemy, who holds the IBF World Title, is also keen on unification bouts.
The unbeaten Cuban now resides in the States and an away day would be likely should Flanagan venture down this route.
A wide points victory over Denis Shafikov back in December showed his class to become a two-weight World Champion.
The rising Felix Verdejo is seen by Top Rank’s chief Bob Arum as a future PPV star.
At just 22, there is no doubt immense potential for the Puerto Rican, former Olympian who moved to 20-0 after scoring a landslide decision over William Silva in February.
Ranked #3 with the WBO a World Title shot is surely just around the corner. ‘Turbo’ recently expressed an interest in fighting in America – If Arum can stump up the cash, Turbo and his team would consider the fight.
A rematch with Zepeda could be on the cards after the American was recently installed as WBO’s #1 contender.
The only defeat on an otherwise perfect record is at the hands of Flanagan in somewhat unfortunate circumstances, the reigning Champion has previously acknowledged it would only be fair to settle the score in the ring.
A final eliminator could be lurking for Zepeda for a shot at Flanagan once more.