WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan says he will offer to defend his belt against Vasyl Lomachenko if the Ukrainian intends on moving up another weight in the near future.
‘Turbo’ is preparing to make the third defence of his coveted title at 135 pounds opposite former world champion Mzonke Fana after missing out on a massive all-Manchester unification with Anthony Crolla.
Crolla, who is in possession of the WBA version, chose to battle WBC ‘Champion in Recess’ Jorge Linares on September 24 despite serious interest from promoter Frank Warren in coming to an agreement with Eddie Hearn.
Flanagan is now on the lookout for a big name opponent and sees amateur legend Lomachenko, who recently won his second weight WBO title in just his seventh paid fight, as the ideal choice to fulfil his desire to face the best around.
“Crolla in Manchester is obviously the fight I want, because it makes the most sense, but there are some other great fights out there for me,” said Flanagan.
“I’d love the fight with (Vasyl) Lomachenko if he steps up in weight and goes for a world title in a third weight-class.
“I wouldn’t be scared. He looks class, a real good fighter, but I want to fight the very best in the world. And, if anybody can beat him, I think it will be me.
“We’ve both got a similar style and we’d have a good fight, I’m sure,” he added.
Lomachenko has announced his intention to pursue a maiden defence of his new super featherweight championship against rival Orlando Salido, who is currently one of only two fighters to defeat the 28 year-old through his entire boxing career – amateur or pro.
‘Loma’ won almost 400 bouts when donning the vest to become a two-time Olympic and world amateur champion, losing just once to Albert Selimov – a reverse he would go on to overturn twice.
A contest with Flanagan would certainly be of massive interest either side of the Atlantic and could conceivably be on the cards for later this year once Lomachenko puts to bed his unfinished business with Salido.