At the World Boxing Organization’s ongoing Congress taking place this week, the news broke on Thursday evening that Terry Flanagan has decided to vacate his lightweight belt.
The Briton had been hoping to finalize a unification with Jorge Linares, but when talks hit a brick wall, Flanagan made the decision to move up to the super-lightweight limit.
In a breaking news announcement, the WBO said: “Lightweight World Champion Terry Flanagan will be moving up in weight to the 140 pound division.
“The Championship and Rating committee approved his move and Flanagan comes in ranked as #1 in the Jr. Welterweight Division where he’ll seek to achieve another world title.”
A short time later, it was also confirmed that Terence Crawford, the reigning champion at the limit, was also dropping his belt to head north in poundage.
“Undisputed Jr. Welterweight World Champion Terence Crawford is moving up in weight to the 147 lbs. division,” clarified the WBO.
“The Championship and Rating Committee has ranked him as #1 in this category; Crawford becomes the mandatory contender for current champion Jeff Horn who will have the possibility of defending his title against another ranked contender prior to the mandatory with Crawford.
This means Flanagan is in line to potentially fight Maurice Hooker, Antonio Orozco or Jack Catterall, the current number one, two and three at 140 pounds, for the vacant title in the near future.