Manchester star Terry Flanagan knows that the pressure is on for him to win the WBO World Lightweight title in his home city, but believes he can overcome knockout master Jose Zepeda to make boxing history.
Undefeated Flanagan gets his dream shot on Saturday 11th July in his backyard at the Manchester Velodrome (National Cycling Centre) as he aims to become the first English boxer in history to win a world title at 135lbs.
Only Welsh legend Freddie Welsh and Scottish greats Ken Buchanan, Jim Watt and Ricky Burns have held world titles at lightweight from Great Britain and with Kevin Mitchell failing in his attempt last Saturday night, Flanagan aims to make his dream reality.
Zepeda from California is also undefeated and has stopped 20 out of his 23 victims, with a blistering 16 KO’s coming inside the first three rounds.
“I can’t wait for Saturday 11th July and for my chance to win the world title,” Said Flanagan.
“The pressure is on, but I’m channelling it in a positive way and using it to fire me up for the fight against Zepeda.
“My dream chance is on my doorstep at home and I can feel the pressure knowing that thousands of my fans are going to be packed into the Velodrome looking to see me beat Zepeda,”
“It’s fantastic that I could be the first Englishman to win the title in British boxing history and my name will go down in the record books alongside Freddie Walsh, Ken Buchanan and Jim Watt, but the most important thing I’m thinking about is winning the world title,”
“There’s no way at all I’m underestimating Zepeda and I’d be a fool to do that. He’s seriously dangerous and has wreaked havoc knocking people out left, right and centre, all within three rounds,”
“He’s got to be very confident and fancy his chances to come over here and fight me. Mitchell put on a very brave performance against a class world champion so I know what I’ve got to do to beat Zepeda,”
A sensational line-up on the show will also feature middleweight ace Billy Joe Saunders; exciting Cromer talent Liam Walsh defends his British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight titles against mandatory challenger Troy James; Ellesmere Port star Paul Butler, the Former IBF World Bantamweight Champion, makes his highly-anticipated comeback; Chorley ace Jack Catterall makes the second defence of his WBO Intercontinental Light-Welterweight title as he marks himself as one of Britain’s hottest young talents.
An action-packed undercard features top talents Tom Stalker, Adrian Gonzalez, Steven Lewis, Joe Costello, McCaulay McGowan and Andrew Cain
Tickets for ‘Turbo’ priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 will be available from Eventim on 0844 249 1000 and online at www.eventim.co.uk