Exclusive: Flanagan responds to Mathews weight taunts, talks unification, 140 move, Rigo addition

Chris Glover 04/02/2016

Lightweight star Terry Flanagan spoke to WBN this week ahead of his WBO title defense against Liverpool’s Derry Mathews next month.

The world title clash originally pencilled in for February 13th was postponed to March 12th due to the Manchester man developing tendinitis in his foot. ‘Turbo’ cleared up reports that he was struggling on the weight ahead of a scheduled check weigh-in and insisted that his injury was legit and it now cleared up.

“I was walking around fine however when I got up on my toes I felt a bad pain from my big toe right up my leg. I’m feeling better now and felt sharp getting back on the pads with week.”

Flanagan then addressed comments on making weight made by Mathews in an interview with his local paper: “I make weight comfortably. I don’t make it easily as if you make easy you should be fighting in the weight class below. I have now got a nutritionist on board and I feel fresh and good throughout camp. I even feel good when I get on the scales. If Derry’s team believe I’m dead on the weight all I can say is we’ll see who’s dead on the weight on fight night.”

Manchester currently has two World Lightweight Champions, Flanagan and WBA belt holder Anthony Crolla. The winner of Flanagan vs Mathews will naturally look to fight North West rival Crolla should the ‘regular’ title holder pass the test against big punching Venezuelan Ismael Barroso this spring.

“Derry is no write off, I’m expecting the best Derry Mathews but I’m fully expecting to come out victorious. As you said I’m not looking past anyone but I want unification fights next. I wanted this fight in Liverpool as I want to prove I’m a true champion by beating someone in their back yard. I’m not overlooking Derry at all but I want unification fights next and I want to move up and win World Titles at Light Welterweight.”

In somewhat interesting news, Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens has been pitted against pound for pound superstar Guillermo Rigondeaux on the undercard of the WBO World Lightweight title clash and ‘Turbo’ has his say on the Super Bantamweight showdown.

“It’s great that Rigondeaux is on the show. He has great skills and it’s a great a fight for Jazza to take. Jazza has a chance if he puts it on him as Rigondeaux has been hurt in the past.”

It will definitely be an interesting and unmissable night in Liverpool come March 12th.

Chris Glover is a staff writer for WBN. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisGlover28

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