Terry Flanagan aiming for huge domestic clash

Matt Horan 15/10/2015

Manchester’s Terry Flanagan is targeting a huge domestic fight after successfully defending his WBO lightweight world title last Saturday with a second round stoppage of Diego Magdaleno.

The 26 year-olds’ victory over the highly rated American was the first defence of the title he won in July, earlier this year – a victory that has only strengthened Flanagan’s (29-0, 12 KO) claims to being the best 135lb fighter on the planet.

With the lightweight scene being hugely competitive at the minute, ‘Turbo’ wants to prove to the British people that he is the best lightweight in the country, as well as the world.

“I’m so happy with how Saturday went. I expected a much harder fight, but I boxed the right way, picking the right shots and when I caught him, I caught him well,” Flanagan told World Boxing News.

“Magdaleno was no mug and it’s a victory that shows I am at that elite level. Now, I want either a unification fight or a big domestic bout – whatever my team decide for me, I’m happy to go with.”

The likes of Derry Mathews, Anthony Crolla, Luke Campbell, Kevin Mitchell and Ricky Burns are all looking to press their claims as being the best lightweight in Britain, and Flanagan is hoping to eventually settle any doubt in the ring.

He said: “The people want to know who the best in Britain is, so I want to beat the best over here. All of us could go and become world champion and that shows the level we are all at.

“It’s hard to rank who’s the best after me. Looking at experience you’ve got Mathews, Crolla and Mitchell, but then Luke Campbell was a really good amateur and is a top fighter. However, I don’t think he is quite ready for me yet, even though he’s older.

“Matthews is probably the most likely fight down the line – with both of us promoted by Frank Warren – and I don’t see any reason why that couldn’t happen.”

Matt Horan is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123