Stephen Ormond is not a student of the boxing game. ‘The Rock’ prefers to participate in the noble art than to watch it and even study it, but the former WBO lightweight European champion is best placed to call this weekend’s big WBO World title fight between champion Terry Flanagan and Derry Matthews.
The former Irish amateur champion, who fights for the IBF inter continental lightweight strap in Boston on March 17, shared the ring with both Brits, defeating Matthews on points in 2013 before been disqualified in a World title eliminator with Flanagan on Valentines Day of last year.
Like most pundits and fight fans Ormond, who would like a shot at the winner, is leaning the way Manchester’s Flanagan ahead of the Liverpool hosted clash on Saturday night.
“Without getting into I know I have the beating of Terry Flanagan and I would love the chance to fight him again. He promised me the rematch if he wins hopefully he will be true to his word. I have beaten Derry and I am sure if he wins he will be open to avenging that defeat,” Ormond told Irish-boxing.com.
“When I look at the fight I think Flanagan wins. I think he will just be too big and strong for Matthews. Terry has a good physical presence and he has been improving with every fight. You have to take Matthews punch into account. You don’t have that many knock outs on your record if you can’t bang.
“I never really tasted that power, but I was on form the night I fought him I could see everything he was throwing, I felt comfortable. I don’t want to make excuses for the Flanagan fight, but people know what happened in the days before and I wasn’t there mentally. If pushed on this fight I think Flanagan wins,” he added.
The Celtic Warrior Gym puncher would like a shot at the winner, but believes that both will look the route of Anthony Crolla if he makes a successful WBA defense.
“I want to win a World title in 2016. I don’t care who I have to fight to get it. I would love the winner of Saturday’s fight and I am sure both fighters would want the fight, but there teams don’t and I understand that. So if I have to go get a title come back to Dublin and have all the British fighters want to fight me we can do it that way and then have massive fights.”