English super-featherweight champion Terry ‘Turbo’ Flanagan couldn’t be kept under the radar any longer and last Saturday night he stepped into the limelight and came out Prizefighter Lightweight champion with his unbeaten record intact and ready to take on the best fighters in his division or at lightweight.
“I feel I’m ready now to step it up, Ive won the English belt and defended it, now this (Prizefighter) so yeah I want big title fight’s now.” added Flanagan.
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After talking with Steve at a Christmas party in 2006, the pair agreed to work together, but Maylett made it clear that if he was to do it, he would do it 100% and would expect 100% off Terry in everything they did. The plan devised on that night was to win the English, British, Commonwealth and European titles, before chasing the dream of fighting in Las Vegas for a world title.
“We want the big fights domestically for Terry now, he’s ready. He’s had his last growth spurt and he is maturing.” said Maylett.
“Liam Walsh is
the commonwealth super-featherweight champion and that is a fight we would take and he Terry
“Terry is English champion and risked his unbeaten record going into Prizefighter at late notice and he should now reap the rewards because that’s what Prizefighter is suppose to be all about.
“I think over the last year Terry is growing in confidence, he has never took his full potential what he shows in the gym into a fight yet. But he is starting to show it and if he can eventually start taking his form into the fights and believing in himself more, he can go far.
“You haven’t seen the best of Terry yet, but with time and the confidence he has got from winning the English title and now the Prizefighter, he knows he is good enough and he will go on now to bigger and better nights.” added Maylett.
I finished my chat with Terry and Steve by asking them to clear up a couple of questions; firstly had he decided yet what he was going to spend his winnings on and to tell us the correct way to spell his second name? “My name is spelt Flanagan, with an ‘a’ but everyone has been spelling it Flannigan with an ‘i’ and I just never said out, cause I think if I go and try change it, it might be bad luck, if they want to correct it then it’s up to them, but I ain’t sayin out.” laughed Flanagan.
“Haha the money, Ive still not thought what I’m going to spend it on, everyone’s been asking me that. I’ll probably get a new car, cause mines knackered and then get a few bits for me house. But I haven’t got the cheque yet anyway, but Ive been told its in the post.”
“Please can I say a special thank you to my sponsors who have been great with me from the beginning and I hope to take us on to bigger and better things; Sheridan Lift’s, Rochdale Glass and the company I work for Connelly Scaffolding for giving me the time off work and supporting me.
“Also to Steve and all the lads in the gym, especially Rob Lutas (amateur boxer, gym mate) who helped me with sparring, he’s a tough lad and helped replicate the different styles of the boxers, I might have been facing in Prizefighter and it helped me a lot to get sharp and ready for it in the two weeks I had to prepare.”