Warren: Flanagan-Verdejo ordered, Zlaticanin preferred, Loma possible

Phil Jay 28/07/2016

Queensberry Promotions

Frank Warren has revealed two possible opponents for Terry Flanagan in the next twelve months, both involving fighters contracted to Bob Arum.

Terry Flanagan, a lightweight champion in his own right, has been ordered to make a mandatory defence against talented Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo – who is seen by Arum as one of the future superstars of his Top Rank company.

Alongside Verdejo, Warren says a fight between Flanagan and current super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko is also a possibility once the amateur legend decides to move up in search of another title. 

Warren’s first choice is currently WBC ruler Dejan Zlaticanin though, who holds a victory over Ricky Burns and is – like Flanagan, undefeated.

“My old Top Rank sparring partner certainly remains on top of his game. With the likes of Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko, he is continuing to demonstrate his knack of identifying and developing the pick of the crop in world boxing,” Warren said in his review of the division.

“Myself and Bob have done numerous deals over many years and don’t rule out one involving the great Lomachenko sometime next year.

“Bob has asked if we would be interested in a fight between (Lomachenko) and our lightweight king Terry Flanagan. Naturally, I said we would be as it is the best fight out there against the best fighter in the world. Of course, we would be interested in that.

“Terry will fight anyone, but he does have a couple of more immediate challenges to overcome first.

“A mandatory defence against Felix Verdejo has been ordered, while we will continue to negotiate for our preferred option of a unification against WBC champion Dejan Zlaticanin.

“Whichever way around they arrive, they are both top fights for Terry and exciting times are certainly ahead,” he added.