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Exclusive: Flanagan back on July 9, no Hearn contact on Crolla – Wood

Phil Jay 20/05/2016

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A massive UK unification between Mancunian lightweight title holders Terry Flanagan and Anthony Crolla is on the backburner until after the summer, according to Steve Wood.

Wood, who manages WBO ruler Flanagan, had been hoping to hear from Crolla’s promoter Eddie Hearn on the back of Frank Warren releasing detail information on how both sides could come together to make the fight. No such contact regarding a potential two-belt battle at Manchester Arena has been forthcoming from the Matchroom boss – leaving Wood to crack on with a planned summer defence of Flanagan’s 135 pound title.

“Last week, we heard that Eddie Hearn was going to give Frank Warren an offer for the fight but we are still waiting. Once received, Frank will decide if acceptable or to give a counter offer,” Wood exclusively told World Boxing News.

“At the moment, Terry is to defend his WBO lightweight title on 9th July, after which, he will stay in gym ready for another defence in September or October. Hopefully, that will be against Anthony Crolla,” he added.

Flanagan v Crolla is the biggest fights out there, not just in the UK but at the entire lightweight limit as former WBC title holder Jorge Linares continues to look on from the outside having been elevated to Champion in Recess due to injury.

Crolla or Flanagan could turn to the Venezuelan as an alternative to facing each other, although the majority of Brits would almost certainly rather see the two North West heroes pitted against each other on home soil.