Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Flanagan Calls out Rivals after Moving Up a Weight

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Flanagan Calls out Rivals after Moving Up a Weight

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TERRY Flanagan believes his lightweight rivals are only now deciding to call him out because he has moved up in weight.

The Ancoats boxer has vacated his world title to step up to 140 pounds, and is set to face Maurice Hooker for the vacant WBO light-welterweight title in April.

Flanagan was linked to fights with the likes of Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares at lightweight, but the fights never materialised. Some of his former rivals have now criticised Flanagan - but he insists they are only speaking up because they no longer have to fight him.

"The fights at lightweight were being talked about for years. At one stage it was me and Crolla as world champions. I wanted a massive Manchester unification, sadly he lost his world title. …

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