12th May 2012
Unbeaten Flanagan was in training for a fight in September for the vacant title against Troy James, but got the call this morning (Saturday) from manager Steve Wood with the unexpected but welcomed opportunity for the Mancunian to get his hands on the belt earlier than he had expected.
The pair have met before in September 2010, with Curran giving Flanagan one of his hardest pro fights to date and Flanagan’s coach Stephen Maylett expects a fired up Curran, who will also look to take advantage of this big chance to leave his journeyman status behind him.
Maylett suggests that Newcastle’s Curran is a better boxer than his record suggests, often taking fights at late notice in the away corner. He gives everyone he meets an hard nights work and the only boxer to have stopped him was Kid Galahad.
“Training at the start and middle of camp as been based around turning him into a twelve round fighter for the last six months. said Maylett, who has coached Flanagan since he was an amateur.
“This is so that when the phone goes for a tittle shot he is ready. Slight adjustments are made towards the end to fit back in to the shorter distant if needed to.
“I think this will still be a though fight because Curran pushed Tez last time and every round was competitive. Also This time there’s more on the table for Curran it’s like his big title chance he may never get this opportunity again.
“He’s probably gained more experience than Terry since they last fought as he has had more fights and been fighting better opposition than Terry has. he only boxes good lads and pushes them close every time even in the away corner sometimes not getting the decision because of this.
“Terry has been training hard and has had excellent sparing with gym mate Rob Lutas, Tommy Coyle from Hull and Paul Appleby of Scotland. I think it will be an entertaining fight with plenty of action looking forward to it myself things have been going well for Terry recently and were not gonna let Curran spoil it now.”
Also on the bill is Paul Butler, Jack Arnfield, Shayne Singleton, Anthony Smith, Callum Johnson, Rocky Fielding and Joe Selkirk. – The Steve Wood show is in association with Queensbury Boxing and will be live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).