Manchester’s Terry ‘Turbo’ Flanagan will make the 2nd defence of his WBO world lightweight title against Liverpool’s ‘Dirty’ Derry Mathews on Saturday 13th February, at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
Flanagan is in top form and is coming off his last fight in October when he stopped his mandatory challenger Diego Magdaleno inside two rounds at the Manchester Arena in a career best performance to claim his position as the world’s top 135lb fighter.
Undefeated in 26 fights, “Turbo” is known for the relentless pace he sets from the first bell and throws powerful combination from his southpaw stance that opponents can’t handle. The 28-year-old from aims to make another big statement with a powerful performance against Mathews in the challengers backyard.
Mathews has been gunning for revenge against Flanagan ever since a Prizefighter tournament loss to him in October 2012 over three rounds and was so intent on facing him that he vacated his Interim WBA World title that he won against Tony Luis in April in order to secure the WBO World title challenge.
This should be a great fight, a good match-up, Manchester vs Liverpool, two massive boxing Cities separated by the M62, less than 30 miles apart and both steeped in boxing tradition and history. With so much riding on this one it’s not to be missed!
Below are two recent interviews with both boxers as they prepare for battle.