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Terry Flanagan vs Maurice Hooker rescheduled for Tyson Fury undercard

Terry Flanagan vs Maurice Hooker rescheduled for Tyson Fury undercard

Terry Flanagan

After promising to announce a rearranged date for Terry Flanagan’s fight with Maurice Hooker for the vacant WBO super lightweight title, promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that Flanagan will fight for his second world title on June 9th as the chief support for Tyson Fury’s return at the Manchester Arena.

The unbeaten fighters were originally scheduled to meet on April 21st as part of a double-header show live on BT Sport and BoxNation, at the O2 Arena in London. However, the show was scrapped when co-headliner Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO middleweight world title defense against Martin Murray was postponed until June 23rd after Saunders picked up a hand injury in training.

Terry Flanagan vs Maurice Hooker on June 9th

Vacating his WBO 135Ibs title last year to free up a move super lightweight, Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) is regarded to be one of U.K.’s most underrated fighters and currently holds the longest undefeated record in British boxing.

The 28-year-old Flanagan is desperate to improve on his activity after having not fought since April 2017. In his most recent contest, ‘Turbo’ secured a landslide unanimous points victory over Russian contender Petr Petrov to make a fifth successful defense of his lightweight title.

For the unbeaten Brit, while this may be his first contest at 140Ibs, Flanagan has already made it clear that he has plans to unify the super lightweight division and already has his sights set on current pound-for-pound great Mikey Garcia.

“Winning this fight will prove that I’m a legitimate 140 pound fighter,” said Flanagan. “I’ll be looking to unify all of the belts later in the year. I’m looking for the likes of Mikey Garcia after I win the WBO belt on June 9th. It’s a massive unification fight and I hope those are the fights Frank can make.”

As for Hooker, the unbeaten Texan native has gained a reputation for sparring the likes of Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford. While the 28-year-old can no longer be considered as a prospect, Hooker (23-0-3, 16 KOs) is a fringe contender who is looking to prove a point after retaining his undefeated record by picking up a highly-controversial draw against Darleys Perez in November 2016 in a fight virtually everybody saw Perez winning handily.

Coming off the back of a points victory over fellow fringe contender Courtney Jackson, Hooker is now ranked #2 in the WBO but holds no ranking in any of the other governing bodies. With it looking likely that this could be his only shot at a world title, ‘Mighty Mo’ belives that Flanagan will cause him no problems and is promising a career-best performance.

“I’m gonna wake him up,” said Hooker. “He’s weak and he’s soft. He hasn’t fought anybody. He fights little guys. I hit hard with both hands. He’s never fought anyone with skills like me. He runs a lot. He does that real good. Power? He hasn’t got any power. He pitty-pats!”

“I’ve been watching his fights. He holds a lot, he uses his forearm to the head. He does a lot of stuff dirty. I’m going to stop him and I’m going to show him who’s the best at 140! It could be the first round, second round or third round… but he’s going down!”

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