PROMOTER Frank Warren admits Terry Flanagan would love to make good on his promise and defend his newly acquired WBO lightweight World title against Stephen Ormond.
However, while Flanagan, who won the title in fortunate circumstances, might have ‘The Rock’ top of his list Warren points out the options are plentiful for his quiet charge.
The experienced Promoter, who promotes Ormond too, although there is just one fight left on their contract, points out Derry Matthew, Anthony Crolla and even Liam Walsh are all viable options for ‘Turbo’ not to mention a list of lightweights outside Britain and Ireland.
“Flanagan, well, as the great Arthur Daley used to say, the world is his lobster. There are some terrific matches to be made. Not least, of course, a return with Zepeda that the American richly deserves. But that dislocated shoulder, the bone clearly sticking out of its socket, was really nasty and will need surgery. He certainly won’t be back in the ring again this year and it might well take him 18 month to be fighting fit again,” Warren wrote in his column.
“Meantime, there are a couple of tasty domestic matches we can make for the supercharged Turbo. Like Derry Matthews, who holds the WBA interim title and Liam Walsh, who again demonstrated on this bill what a thrilling prospect he is. Or there could be a re-match with Irishman Stephen Ormond, which I know Flanagan would relish.
“He’d also like a showdown with his Mancunian mate Anthony Crolla.”
Ormond traveled to Wolverhampton to take on the Manc on Valentines Day of this year and was disqualified for use of the head at the tail end of a frustrating fight. Flanagan told the Clondalkin man if he did go on to win the strap he would give him a rematch. The road warrior is hoping Warren’s link up with MGM will mean he can for the first time in his career get a run of fights at home, but if he was to get the Flanagan clash it seems he would have to travel across the water again.
Warren wants to make Flanagan a star of his home city.
“We are looking to build on Terry’s success and make Manchester the hotbed of British boxing again, just like the Ricky Hatton days.”