Former Ormond opponents to battle for World title

Dublin’s Stephen Ormond will hopefully one day become a World champion, but before any potential title tilts for ‘The Rock,’ two of his past foes will fight it out for the WBO lightweight title.

Derry Matthews, who Ormond sensationally beat in 2013, will challenge for Terry Flanagan’s belt on February 13th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool and exclusively live on Boxnation TV.

Ormond shocked Matthews in his hometown back in 2013, however the Dubliner fell to and controversial grief-affected loss to Manchester’s Flanagan earlier this year.

Upon the announcement of the clash, ‘Turbo’ Terry noted that “It’s a fight he’s wanted and I’ve wanted so now lets get down to business on Saturday 13th February at the Echo Arena and settle who’s the best, which I know will be me. I’m more than confident in winning so I’ve got not problem heading into his backyard and beating him in front of his home fans. I’ve got massive support in Liverpool as well so I’ll have some of the crowd behind me. I’m not writing Mathews off as he’s a good and experienced fighter, he’s held a version of the world title and he’ll rise to the fight against me. Following on from the great win against Magdaleno, I’m looking to make another big statement against Mathews. His style is made for me and I can see myself breaking him down from the start and getting the stoppage.”

Matthews, who was defeated by Flanagan back in 2012, reasoned that he “is a great champion, but I’ll have to bring his brief reign to an end. It’s a fight that I know I’ll win, it’s not going to be easy, he’s a good fighter, but I know I can beat him. The fire is in my belly for this one and I’m hungry to win and prove that I’m the best. He holds a win over me, but that was just over three rounds, now I’m going to take him deep into the trenches over the twelve rounds and lets see how he reacts when it’s really put on him. I will give him absolute nightmares and my tactics will be spot on to get the stoppage. It’s going to be an electric atmosphere in the Echo Arena and I can’t wait for it. Liverpool are in great form with their win over Man City and I’m going to bring a second world title back to Merseyside. Revenge will be sweet when I win the world title.”

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Joe O'Neill

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